Oregon County voters had several races and one state measure, Proposition C, to vote on Tuesday at the polls.
Proposition C takes on parts of the new Health Care Reform Bill passed into law by President Obama. It sought to amend Missouri State statutes to "deny the government the authority to penalize citizens for refusing to purchase private health insurance or infringe upon the right to offer or accept direct payment for lawful healthcare services and would modify laws regarding the liquidation of certain domestic insurance companies.
Oregon County voters made their voices clear with a 73 percent vote for the measure. Statewide, 71% of Missouri voters also voted for the measure.
On the Democratic Party Ballot, in the race for U. S. Senator, Robin Carnahan took the vote in Oregon County with 75 percent over competitors Francis J. Vangeli and Richard Charles Tolbert. Statewide, Carnahan won with 84 percent of the vote.
For State Auditor, Susan Montee won with 94 percent of the vote over Abdul Akram. The results statewide were similar, with Montee showing 90 percent of the vote.
For Clerk of the Circuit Court, Ronda Hall beat out Rosemary Romans, 53 percent to 47 percent.
For Recorder of Deeds, April (Blankenship) Bridges won with 49 percent of the vote, over Freda Johnson and Rhnea McClanahan.
The following candidates ran unopposed for the party nomination: For U. S. Representative District 8, Tommy Sowers; for State Representative District 153, George Meyers; for County Clerk, Tracy Bridges; for Treasurer, Kim S. Hollis; for Prosecuting Attorney, Fred O'Neill; and for Collector of Revenue, Jerry Richardson.
In the Republican Party, nine candidates ran for the U. S. Senator seat, with Roy Blunt coming out on top with 45 percent of the vote in Oregon County in a close race with Chuck Perguson who received 44%. Statewide, it was a different story with Blunt taking the win with 71 percent of the vote.
For State Auditor, Allen Icet grabbed the win in Oregon County with 51 percent over Tom Schweich's 49 percent. However, statewide results showed Schweich as the overall winner with 59 percent of the vote.
For U. S. Representative District 8, Jo Ann Emerson received 70 percent of the vote in Oregon County compared to Bob Parker's 30 percent. Statewide, Emerson won with 66 percent.
In the U. S. State Representative District 153 race, Steve Cookson gained the win over Chris Johnston in Oregon County with 61 percent of the vote versus 39 percent. Statewide, Cookson won the contest with 70 percent.
For Presiding County Commissioner, Patrick Ledgerwood won handily with 56 percent of the votes cast, compared to 13 percent for Nicholas (Nick) Parrott, 18 percent for Russell Grooms and 12 percent for Linda Amick.
Running unopposed for the party nomination were: For Associate Circuit Judge, Harvey Allen; for County Clerk, David Stubblefield; and for Collector of Revenue, Dale Adrian.
In the Libertarian Party, Jonathan Dine defeated Cissee Spragins in Oregon County for the U. S. Senator position, with 67 percent of the vote versus 33 percent. Statewide, Dine held on to a 59 percent win in statewide results.
Running unopposed for the party nomination were Charles W. Baum for State Auditor and Rick Vandeven for U. S. Representative District 8.
In the Constitution Party, a three way race for the U. S. Senator seat was won in Oregon County by Mike Simmons with 50 percent of the vote, beating out Joe Martellaro with 13 percent and Jerry Beck with 37 percent. However, looking at statewide results, Jerry Beck had the upper hand and came out on top with 44 percent of the vote versus Simmons' 29 percent and Martellaro's 27 percent.
Running unopposed for the party nomination was Rory Calhoun for State Representative District 153.
The South Missourian News will have full coverage of the statewide election results in next week's edition. All results posted so far are unofficial until certified.