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Thurston wins Republican primary for Arkansas secretary of state

Arkansas Commissioner of State Lands (Photo: John Thurston for Secretary of State)

John Thurston, the Arkansas Commissioner of State Lands, has won the Republican primary election for secretary of state.

He defeated state Rep. Trevor Drown of Mountain Home, a former Green Beret and former member of the Arkansas National Guard.

With 98 percent of precincts reporting Tuesday night, unofficial vote totals were:

Thurston: 96,055 votes - 51.73 percent

Drown: 89,632 votes - 48.27 percent

Thurston, of East End, was elected Commissioner of State Lands in 2010. He was re-elected in 2014.

Thurston will face Democrat Susan Inman and Libertarian Christopher Olson in the general election Nov. 6. The three are running to replace Secretary of State Mark Martin, who is term-limited.

Inman, of Little Rock, is a former elections director for the secretary of state's office and former Pulaski County election director. She has also been a supervisor in the civil and criminal division of the Pulaski County circuit clerk's office.

Olson, of Viola, is a mental health worker and activist. He ran for the Arkansas House of Representatives in 2016 and for lieutenant governor in 2014.

The secretary of state oversees elections, provides services to Arkansas businesses, maintains the state Capitol grounds and develops civic outreach programs.

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