Local & Special Elections Update – February 10, 2015

Voting is taking place today in:

Iowa State House District #23, in the southwestern corner of the state.  This seat was previously held by Republican Mark Costello, who won election back in January to the State Senate seat formerly held by now-U.S. Senator Joni Ernst.  This is a very Republican district, and will be even more so in a low-turnout special election.  GOP nominee and farmer David Sieck is certain to defeat Democrat Steve Adams.

Florida State House District #64, near Tampa.  Incumbent James Grant won re-election back in November, but various judicial rulings related to a write-in candidate caused the Florida House to invalidate those results.  However, Grant is the only Republican candidate on the ballot and seems certain to win both today and in the special election voting in April.

Arkansas State Senate District #16, in the northwestern part of the state.  The seat in this rural district is open because Michael Lamoureux became chief of staff to newly-elected Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson.  Today’s voting is a runoff in the GOP primary between former State Representative Stan Berry and insurance agent Greg Standridge.  Standridge almost won the Republican nod outright back in January with 48 percent of the vote, as compared to Berry’s 41 percent.  Again, the winner here will surely be the next State Senator from this district.

 There are also school board elections today in Oklahoma, but there are very few contested seats, and none in the major cities of Oklahoma City and Tulsa.

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