Three Arkansas Counties Go 'Wet'

Voters in Benton, Madison and Sharp counties favored in-county alcohol sales during Tuesday's general election.

According to unofficial election results provided by the Arkansas Secretary of State's office, 65.67 percent, or 47,712 voters in Benton County, cast ballots in favor of going wet. Voting in opposition were 34.33 percent, or 24,946 of Benton County voters.

Keep Dollars in Benton County, a group backed financially by Sam Walton grandsons Steuart and Tom Walton, pushed for the county to go wet. The county seat of Bentonville is home to the headquarters of Sam Walton's Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

In Sharp County, 52.93 percent of the electorate, or 3,886 people, voted for alcohol sales and 47.07 percent, or 3,456, voted in opposition. The group Save Energy, Reap Taxes campaigned to get the measure on Tuesday's ballot.

In Madison County, 57.29 percent, with 3,793 votes, favored going wet and 42.71 percent, with 2,828 votes, opposed. A group called Keep the Money in Madison County promoted the campaign to go wet.

Michael Langley, director of the state's Alcoholic Beverage Control Division, said the counties simply needed a majority vote to pass the alcohol initiatives.