JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — The Republican and Democratic party primaries for a Jonesboro-area state senate seat are headed to runoffs.
No candidate reached 50 percent in Tuesday's special elections for a post vacated by Paul Bookout. Bookout resigned after the state Ethics Commission ruled he spent $53,000 in campaign finances on clothing, home theater equipment and other items.
The Nov. 12 runoff will include Republicans John Cooper and Dan Sullivan. Cooper is a retired AT&T manager and Sullivan is the chief executive at Ascent Children's Services. Businessman Chad Niell finished third.
Democrats advancing are Radius Baker and Steve Rockwell. Baker is the Valley View schools superintendent and Rockwell is a Jonesboro businessman. Former state Rep. Ray Kidd and former state Sen. Gene Roebuck split the remaining votes.
The general election will be Jan. 14.