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.
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.