Rankin concedes Republican race

Trailing by just over 6,000 votes with 74% of precincts reporting, Magnolia-native Beth Anne Rankin conceded the Republican race for the 4th U.S. Congressional District of Arkansas Tuesday night in Magnolia.

U.S. Congressional candidate Beth Anne Rankin speaks to supporters in Magnolia, Ark., after conceding the Republican primary race to Tom Cotton May 22, 2012. (Photo by Aaron Morris)

Rankin carried Columbia County easily, winning nearly 85% of the votes. However, Dardanelle native Tom Cotton was able to gain a large enough lead in the district’s remaining counties to avoid a June 12 runoff.

In the race for the Democratic nomination, less than 5% separated candidates Gene Jeffress and Byrum Hurst, making a runoff likely.

In local races, Mike Epley defeated incumbent Lucky Crumpler for District Judge by over a 2-to-1 margin. Incumbent Circuit Clerk Janice Linkous defeated Ellie Mullins Baker 64% to 36%.

For District 2 Constable, Donald Baker defeated Jimmy Holt 111-61, and in the Justice of the Peace-District 6 race, Steve Lee defeated Robert Hix 72-59.

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