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King, Ballinger among legislative primaries headed to run-off

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State Sen. Bob Ballinger (R-Berryville), who drew four Republican primary challengers in District 28, is headed to a June 21 run-off against Bryan King, the former state senator who Ballinger defeated in 2018. King got a plurality, about 400 votes more than Ballinger, but in the crowded field only reached 32%. This was a big money raise and Ballinger and King really don’t like each other. Will supporters of the also-rans, Bob Largent, Rep. Keith Slape and Ted Walker, support King?

More Republicans headed to a run-off:

Sen. James Sturch (R-Batesville) and wacko challenger Rep. John Payton (R-Wilburn) in Senate District 22. Payton got 41%, Sturch got 35% and Ethan Barnes got 23%. Sturch, a teacher, has been a stalwart supporter of public education. Payton has repeatedly attacked Sturch for his vote against banning lessons on the role of racism in United States history in public schools.

Siloam Springs businessman Tyler Dees and state Rep. Gayla Hendren McKenzie (R-Gravette) in Senate District 35. Dees (46%) outpaced McKenzie and Jeff Tennant (21%) in a District 35 race to fill a seat vacated by Sen. Jim Hendren (I-Sulphur Springs), McKenzie’s brother.

State Rep. Marsh Davis (R-Cherokee Village) and Trey Steimel in House District 2. Davis (43%) couldn’t quite get past Steimel (32%) and Hazelle Whited (25%).

Hope Hendren Duke and Jay Oliphant in House District 12. Duke, the sister of Jim Hendren and Gayla McKenzie, is running to replace her sister, who is running to replace her brother. And, in case you forgot, Governor Hutchinson is their uncle.  Arkansas! Duke and Oliphant are both longtime members of the Gravette school board.

Businesswoman Denis Bugos and information systems manager R. Scott Richardson in newly created House District 13 in Benton County. Bugos (37%) led the crowded field of Richardson (33%), Bentonville City Council Member Aubrey Patterson (21%) and attorney Gregory Payne (8%).

Lincoln School Board member Kendra Moore and Jim Wilson in House District 23 in Washington County. This is the district drawn to push Democratic star Megan Godfrey out. Moore (47%) couldn’t quite get past Byron Suggs (23%) and Wilson (30%).

In a seat left open by Rep. Keith Slape, who tried and failed to take down Bob Ballinger, Timmy Reid of Marshall and Steven Walker head to a run-off in House District 27. Reid (31%) barely led the crowded field of Walker (29%), Alan Yarbrough (25%) and Jerry Loggins (16%).

Independence County Judge Robert Griffin (40%) and Jackson County Justice of the Peace Wayne Long (32%) will square off in a runoff for District 39. They beat incumbent Rep. Craig Christiansen.

State Rep. Marcus Richmond (R-Harvey) and farmer Mike Jones in District 52, which includes parts of Sebastian and Scott counties. Richmond got 43%, Jones 30% and Greg Bland 27%.

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