Iron County voters follow statewide trends; support Hawley, Smith

Iron County voters generally supported Republican candidates for statewide offices, while unopposed Democrats retained county-level positions.

Some 3,641 voters or 52.73 percent of the total registered voters in the county turned out at the polls. Statewide voter turnout was 57.9 percent.

In the mid-term election last week, local votes indicated their general preference for Republican candidates beginning with voting to deny incumbent Democrat Senator Clair McCaskill reelection.

Iron County voters supported Hawley over McCaskill 63 percent to 34 percent respectively. (See complete local election results by precinct on Pages A6 and A7). Three other candidates drew slightly over 3 percent of the vote.

At the state level, Hawley drew 51 percent of the total votes to McCaskill’s 45 percent.

Kathy Ellis, a Democratic newcomer who challenged incumbent Republican Jason Smith for the U.S. Rep. from the 8th District seat fared better locally (31 percent) than she did statewide (25 percent), but voters overwhelmingly chose Smith both locally (68 percent) and statewide (73 percent).

A statewide office where Iron County voters did not follow the statewide average was State Auditor.  Locally incumbent Democrat Nicole Galloway took 39 percent of the vote, while at the 

statewide level, she retained the position with 50 percent of the total vote compared to Republican challenger Saundra McDowell’s 45 percent. McDowell took 56 percent of the Iron County vote.

Republicans came out on top on all contested local races in Iron County.

In the race for Circuit 42 Judge, incumbent Democrat Sid Pearson went down with 33 percent of the vote to Republican challenger Megan Seay’s 67 percent.

For County Clerk, it was Republican Stephanie Lebron over Democrat Shelby Chan 53 percent to 47 percent.

For County Collector, it was Republican Crystal Price (55 percent) over Democrat Jeremy Medley (45 percent).

Iron County voters supported the passage of Missouri Amendment I, the so-called “Clean Missouri” measure, but 53 percent to 47 percent.  Statewide the proposal did better with a favorable 62 percent to 38 percent unfavorable.

Missouri Amendment 2, one of three medical marijuana measures on the ballot, was supported better by local voters - 66 percent to 34 percent - than statewide - 57 percent to 43 percent.

Local residents voted against Amendment 3 - 31 percent to 69 percent, in line with statewide figures of 26 percent to 74 percent.

Amendment 4, which would remove some restrictions on bingo advertising was voted down statewide 41 percent to 59 percent.  However, Iron County voters supported it by 52 percent to 48 percent.

Missouri Proposition B, the minimum wage increase measure, was popular with local voters and statewide.  Iron Countians said yes by 62 percent to 38 percent while statewide votes said yes by 58 percent to 42 percent.

Voters apparently distrusted the intent of Missouri Proposition C, another medical marijuana measure, since they voted it down locally - 44 percent to 56 percent - and statewide - 36 percent to 64 percent.

And Missouri Proposition D, the motor fuel tax bill to fix roads and bridges and fund the Highway Patrol, was defeated soundly statewide  33 percent to 67 percent.  Local residents voted against it 46 percent to 54 percent.