ICYMI: Republicans swept state offices and all three ballot issues passed — voter ID, casino expansion, minimum wage increase.
All Republican incumbents are heading to re-election, with Republican Rep. French Hill
of the 2nd District taking a 25,000-vote beating in his home county, but picking up enough support in the 'burbs to win by 20,000 over Democrat Clarke Tucker,
I don't have a final count on the legislature. I know the Democrats picked up one seat with Denise Garner's
defeat of Rep. Charlie Collins
, but Democratic Party Chair Michael John Gray
was defeated in his race for re-election by Craig Christiansen
. A bevy of good candidates made strong runs in Pulaski, Washington and Benton County against Republican incumbents, but couldn't break out of the mid-40s for the most part.
UPDATE: it now appears Democrat Megan Godfrey
may have upset incumbent Republican Rep. Jeff Williams
in Springdale by a narrow margin.
Justice Courtney Goodson
seemed headed to an easy defeat of a tidal wave of dirty outside money to hang onto her Supreme Court seat.
No changes in the Senate. The poorest finisher of the Republicans was Sen. Jason Rapert
, the bumptious bully of Bigelow, who could score only 55 percent against Maureen Skinner
despite a torrent of Rapert abuse of her good name.