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|Clark triumphs in Supreme Court race|
Almost 60 percent of Franklin Parish voters sided with the winner Saturday, in a special election to replace retired Supreme Court Justice Chet Traylor.
Of the 1,257 votes cast in precincts throughout Franklin Parish, more than 59 percent went to 4th judicial district court judge Marcus Clark.
District-wide, Clark garnered some 53 percent of the vote to defeat Alexandria attorney Jimmy Faircloth.
Voter turnout parish-wide was light Saturday, just over 9 percent 13,000 voters were eligible to take part in the election.
The 4th Supreme Court District covers 22 parishes and stretches from Rapides Parish to the Arkansas state line.
Throughout the district, some 54,000 voters went to the polls amid light turnout.
Once election results are certified by the Secretary of State's office, Clark will have 30 days to resign his bench in Ouachita Parish before being sworn in to fulfill the unexpired term of Traylor, who retired in May.
Traylor was first elected to the state's highest court in 1996. He was re-elected to a second 10-year term in 2006.
Clark will serve out the remaining 7 years of that term.