BENTONVILLE, Ark. (KFTA) — Jim Webb and Stephanie Orman will go into a runoff election in the race for Bentonville mayor.
Votes from 110 of 116 (95 percent) precincts show that Orman, a current Bentonville City Council member, claimed 40 percent of the vote and Webb, a former council member, took 42 percent of the vote.
If there are more than two candidates in a municipal election, a runoff is required within three weeks after the general election if the top candidate fails to capture a majority (50.1 percent) and fails to beat the second place candidate by 20 percent of the vote.
The race had three other candidates: Terry Shannon, John A. Skaggs and Charlie Turner. Skaggs came in third with 15 percent and both Shannon and Turner each took 2 percent of the vote.
Some controversy recently emerged in the mayoral race when Orman called into question the origin of a large portion of Webb’s campaign money.
Orman held a press conference last week taking to task money that the Republican State Leadership Committee contributed to Webb’s campaign. Orman described that committee as a Political Action Committee (PAC).
Webb’s campaign has received $41,729 in total contributions from the Republican State Leadership Committee, according to Republican State Leadership Committee independent expenditure reports.
Webb said last week that while he does not know the Republican State Leadership Committee, he was happy to have been identified by a group that supports Republican leaders at the state and local level.