Over half of Barry County voters made a trip to the polls on Tuesday. Races for U.S. Senate and Congress, as well as a controversial Proposition B, were big draws for area residents.
Republican Roy Blunt earned a hefty victory among Barry County voters in the race for U.S. Senate. He garnered 71.14 percent of the votes (7,549) cast in the local polls as compared to 22.2 percent (2,356 votes) for Democrat Robin Carnahan.
Billy Long, the Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in the Seventh District, also beat out his Democratic challenger, Scott Eckersley, in Barry County. Locals cast 6,931 votes for Long as compared to 2,929 for Eckersley. Libertarian Kevin Craig was a distant third with 650 votes.
Proposition B was voted down in Barry County by a four to one margin. Over 75 percent of area voters cast their ballots against the measure that creates stricter regulations for the state's dog breeders. There were 8,232 "no" votes cast for Proposition B as compared to 2,403 "yes" votes.
In the race for state auditor, Barry Countians favored Republican Tom Schweich over incumbent Democrat Susan Montee. Schweich earned 6,860 local votes as compared to 3,113 for Montee.
The ballot also included eight uncontested races for county offices. Republican candidates who were unopposed in the general election earned the following vote totals from local voters: Victor Head, Associate Circuit Judge Division 1, 8,938; Robert "Bob" Foulke, Associate Circuit Judge Division II, 8,810; Craig Williams, circuit clerk and recorder of deeds, 8,990; Janice Varner, collector, 9,282; Gary Youngblood, county clerk, 9,153; Cherry Warren, presiding commissioner, 8,676; Johnnie Cox, prosecuting attorney, 8,912; and Lois Lowe, treasurer, 9,100.
A chart showing all the Barry County election results appears on page 11 of this week's Cassville Democrat.