Cradduck Campaign Explains Confusion About Request For Recount

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BENTON COUNTY (KFSM) — In a string of tweets posted Wednesday morning (March 2), about two hours after the Benton County primary election results were announced, Sheriff Kelley Cradduck’s campaign announced it will be asking for a recount following Tuesday’s primary election.

cradduck recountHowever, hours later on his personal Facebook page, the sheriff wrote he had not requested a recount and that it is common for the election commission to confirm the accuracy of the outcome.

The tweets and Cradduck’s Facebook post are included with this story.

Cradduck was facing three other candidates in the Republican primary election and fell only a couple hundred votes short of qualifying for the runoff election that will take place March 22. Right now, the runoff election candidates are current Benton County Sheriff’s Office Major Shawn Holloway and Lowell Lt. Paul Pillaro.

Holloway got 49.46 percent of the vote, just shy of the 50 percent plus one vote he needed to win the primary outright. Pillaro got 21.10 percent of the vote and Cradduck got 20.52 percent; that’s a difference of 229 votes. The fourth candidate, Tim Filbeck, got 9 percent of the vote.

cradduck not asking for a recountThe Benton County Election Commission said these numbers don’t include the absentee ballots, which could take seven to 10 days to be included in the final results.

It’s possible the absentee ballots could swing the results in one of three ways:


  1. Runoff election between Holloway and Pillaro
  2. Holloway wins the election
  3. Runoff election between Holloway and Cradduck.

5NEWS contacted the Cradduck campaign and the sheriff to explain why the campaign is saying one thing about the recount and he is saying another, the following response from the sheriff was posted on Cradduck campaign’s Facebook page: