Karen Smith will be moving down the hall in the Hempstead County Courthouse as the new County Clerk, defeating Eva Morehead 3,576 to 3,223 on Tuesday night in the General Election, while Danny Watson won the majority in Hempstead County 3,840 to 2,698 to propel an upset of two-term incumbent Dist. 3 State Representative Brent Talley. Watson pulled ahead 1,454 to Talley's 1,164 in neighboring Nevada County, which is also part of District 3, to give Watson the margin of victory.

Karen Smith will be moving down the hall in the Hempstead County Courthouse as the new County Clerk, defeating Eva Morehead 3,576 to 3,223 on Tuesday night in the General Election, while Danny Watson won the majority in Hempstead County 3,840 to 2,698 to propel an upset of two-term incumbent Dist. 3 State Representative Brent Talley. Watson pulled ahead 1,454 to Talley’s 1,164 in neighboring Nevada County, which is also part of District 3, to give Watson the margin of victory.  
In the City of Hope Board of Director elections, Dist. 2 incumbent Kiffinea Talley head off a challenge from Joseph “Jay” Kopecky 141-54, and Hope Dentist William “Trevor” Coffee defeated businesswoman Sharon Caldwell 225-168 to claim the Dist. 5 seat to replace the retiring Dennis Ramsey.
Out in Hempstead County, the only survivor was Dist. 5 Justice Olen Dorman, who received 357 votes to 181 for Eric McNeil, who moved out of the district.
Both Districts 7 and 8 saw incumbents lose; GOP candidate C. David Clayton upset Democratic incumbent Ronnie Kidd 676-235 in District 7, while in District 8, GOP candidate Mikki Curtis defeated Democratic Larry Byers 432-343.
In other Hempstead County results, for President, Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton 4,391-2,371 in the home of former US President Bill Clinton; for US Senate, John Boozman defeated Conner Eldridge 4,158-2,348, and for US Representative, Bruce Westerman defeated Libertarian Kerry Hicks 4,707-1,436.
In Hempstead County ballot preferences, Issue 1, Amendment to the Constitution concerning the terms, election, and eligibility of elected officials was approved 4,739 to 1,928; Issue 2, Amendment to allow the Governor to retain his or her powers and duties when absent from the state was approved 4,739 to 1,928, and Issue 3, Amendment concerning job creation, job expansion, and economic development was also approved 4,881-1,808.
However, in Hempstead County, Issue 6, the Medical Marijuana Amendment did not pass locally 3,277 to 3,566.

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Update -- Wednesday morning -- With a total of 7,095 votes cast in Hempstead County, the early voting tally of 3,346 for the two weeks prior to Election Day showed that more than half of local voters apparently cast ballots early.  In a statement Tuesday night, Election Commissioner Sharon Wright noted the trend, calling it "unusual," but then saying "but it was not a normal election this year."  Overall, Wright said turnout was "great," and said the local election went on largely without any problems.

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Update -- In a statement Wednesday afternoon, newly-elected Justice Mikki Curtis, who defeated Larry Byers, said she is looking forward to serving the residents of Quorum Court District 8.  The wife of UA-Hope's Communications Coordinator Casey Curtis, Mikki Curtis, is employed by the Fountain Lake Charter School as Asst. Principal in Hot Springs, but she said Wednesday that she plans to remain a resident in Hempstead County and will serve on the Hempstead County Quorum Court.