Big Victory Gives Boost for November Race
Andy Mayberry won a big victory on Tuesday, May 23, taking more than 77 percent of the vote in the Republican primary for Arkansas' Second Congressional District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Unofficial totals show Mayberry with 12,329 votes to 3,604 for his opponent. He received more than 94 percent of the vote in his home community of East End in Saline County -- the people who know him best -- winning those precincts by a margin of 356 to 22. Mayberry's message appealed across the board, as evidenced by the many traditional, conservative Democrats in Mayberry's community who crossed over to vote for him. More than three times as many people in East End voted in the Republican primary in 2006 than in the Presidential election year of 2004.
"I believe the secret of this campaign's success has been simple, honest talk and a desire to represent traditional family values and common sense thinking. We have focused on explaining to voters in a straightforward manner how I stand on issues and letting them know the ways I intend to better represent their views and values on a wide range of topics," Mayberry said. Mayberry will now move on to face five-term Democrat incumbent Vic Snyder in the November general election.
"We're obviously very pleased and excited about this win," Mayberry said. "I'm also extemely grateful to all the people who have supported us throughout this campaign and look forward to their continued support. The margin of this victory will provide a tremendous boost for the campaign as we point toward winning the general election. This is another positive step toward bringing better representation to the majority of people in the Second Congressional District, regardless of whether they call themselves Democrat, Republican or independent."