All 3 public administrator candidates in statistical tie
A recent poll of registered voters showed the Republican primary for Barry County public administrator to be a statistical three-way tie.
Exactly half (252) of the The Monett Times poll's 504 responders on Thursday said they were undecided. Of those with stated preferences, 18.06 percent (91 responses) said they favor Andy Reavis of Cassville, 16.4 percent (83 responses) said they favor Rodney Hughes of Cassville, and 15.48 percent (78 responses) prefer Keith Daniels of Exeter.
Every candidate is within the poll's 4.31 percent margin of error, making the race a statistical dead heat.
Political polling is not meant to predict election results, but is rather a snapshot of where political contests stand at a particular point in time.
No Democrat declared for public administrator as of the filing deadline, making the Aug. 2 Republican primary the de facto general election, barring a late entry by an independent candidate.
Reavis said he was pleased with the poll's results.
"I really appreciate everyone who expressed support for my campaign," he told The Monett Times in an email. "It's my hope the next three weeks to win the confidence and support of the remaining undecided Barry County voters."
Daniels said he expected the race to be close.
"I am not surprised by how close the public opinion numbers are and that there is such a high percentage of undecided voters," he told The Monett Times in an email. "I think the 50% undecided total indicates the voters of Barry County are very much interested in the Public Administrator election and want to make sure they have as much information as possible on all 3 candidates in order to make an informed decision when they vote."
Hughes had not issued a statement as of press time.