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Tom Cotton

Tom Cotton

Asa Hutchinson

Asa Hutchinson

Republicans were the big winners Tuesday in the General Election.
Gaining national attention was the defeat of incumbent U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR) by Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton. Cotton received 57 percent of the vote to Pryor’s 39 percent. Libertarian and Green Party candidates were also on the ballot, receiving about 2 percent each.
Cotton’s victory helped to give the Republicans majority control of the U.S. Senate. Republicans also won Senate races in North Carolina, Colorado, West Virginia, South Dakota, Montana and Iowa; a runoff election is slated in Louisiana. Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell easily won re-election, and he is likely to become Senate Majority Leader. However, Republicans did not gain enough seats to guarantee their ability to override a presidential veto, nor to stop a filibuster effort by Democrats.
Also in Arkansas former U.S. Rep. Asa Hutchinson, a well known Republican, defeated former U.S. Rep. Mike Ross, the Democrat. Hutchinson received 55 per cent of the vote to Ross’s 42 percent. The Libertarian candidate got 2 percent; the Green Party 1 percent. Hutchinson succeeds popular Gov. Mike Beebe, a Democrat forced to retire by term limits.
Republicans won all the races for the remaining six Arkansas statewide races: lieutenant governor, attorney general, auditor, treasurer, land commissioner, and secretary of state. The majorities ranged from 52 percent for Attorney General candidate Leslie Rutledge to 61 percent for incumbent Secretary of State Mark Martin; the rest got 56 or 57 percent.
In Missouri only the state auditor’s position was up for election. Incumbent Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich easily won re-election with 935,675 (73.3%), facing no Democratic challenger; Libertarian Sean O’Toole pulled 19.7%, and Constitution Party candidate Rodney Farthing got 7%.
Republicans won seats in all four of Arkansas’ congressional districts, including Democrat Ross’s former seat.
Republican first-term incumbent Rick Crawford won re-election in northeast Arkansas’ 1st District with with 64 percent of the vote; Democrat Jackie McPherson got 32 percent.
In Missouri neither U.S. Senator is up for re-election this year.
In Missouri’s 8th Congressional District incumbent Jason Smith received 106,105 votes (66.7%), to Democrat Barbara Stocker’s 38,702 votes (24.3%) and independent Terry Hampton’s 6,819 votes (4.3%). Libertarian and Constitution Party candidates got 2.4% each. Hampton, a West Plains resident, received 1,854 votes (23.9%) in Howell County and 254 votes (10.5%) in Oregon County.
Republicans won in six of Missouri’s eight congressional districts.
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