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It's looking like a Republican sweep in Arkansas

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COTTON: Arkansas's new U.S. Senator. - TIM VAHSHOLTZ
  • TIM VAHSHOLTZ
  • COTTON: Arkansas's new U.S. Senator.

Channeling Max, who's about to appear on KARK:

In early results, Republican lead all four congressional contests. Rep. Steve Womack, who had a third-party challenger, and Rep. Rick Crawford, challenged by Heber Springs Mayor Jackie McPherson, have both been re-elected, according to AP projections. And it isn't looking good for Pat Hays, who's taking on French Hill in the 2nd District, because the Pulaski County vote, which is crucial to Hays, was included in early totals.   

It is early, but the numbers in the state House races, at this point, show maybe a dozen Republican pickups. Disaster for Democrats.

Tim Griffin will be your next lieutenant governor.
CONCEDING: Sen. Mark Pryor. - BRIAN CHILSON
  • Brian Chilson
  • CONCEDING: Sen. Mark Pryor.


Races that are still outstanding are mostly on the margins. Barring a miracle, Arkansas was inundated by a tidal wave of Republican voting at every level of the ballot. It's likely a historic shift that will shape Arkansas for years to come.

President Obama certainly was an important factor in the win. But a sea change here seems larger even than that and it happened in the face of a well-funded, well-coordinated and energetic Democratic effort that included more than a few good candidates.

It is a night for exultation for Republicans, a dark night for Democrats and many of the cherished government programs they held dear.

Meanwhile, all the ballot issues, aside for the alcohol proposal, are leading, and alcohol is barely ahead in Pulaski County, which probably means it's dead.

UPDATE: Yup, the alcohol amendment is dead, the AP has projected. County-line liquor stores win.

Looks like Republicans will control every state constitutional office. 


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