JONESBORO — While the race between Democratic presidential candidates took center stage on Super Tuesday, several Northeast Arkansas election results flew under the radar.
Former Vice President Joe Biden won not only Craighead County but the entire state of Arkansas Tuesday night. Sen. Bernie Sander won only one county in the state, taking home Washington County as a consolation prize. But much more was at stake closer to home than Washington, D.C.
In one of the most impactful races, state Representative Dan Sulivan usurped incumbent District 21 Senator John Cooper and will join the Arkansas Senate in January. However, the representative seat Sullivan is leaving behind is still very much up in the air.
Sullivan currently serves as the representative for District 53 in the Arkansas House of Representatives. The race for that office has now been narrowed to just three candidates.
Shawn Only has the Democratic nomination wrapped up after running unopposed in the primary, but the Republican ticket is still up for grabs. Tuesday night, candidates Cole Peck and Jon Milligan were able to knock Bobby Long out of the race, but neither clinched the nomination. Now, the two will go to a runoff on March 31 with the winner facing Only in the Nov. 3 general election.
In the State House District 58 race, incumbent Rep. Brant Smith — who currently serves as the House Majority Whip — defeated challenger Ken Yarbrough in the primary and will face off against Democratic contender Jim Burton in November.
Incumbent U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford had perhaps the most stress-free evening of all candidates as he ran unopposed on the Republican ticket for the U.S. House of Representatives, but also faces no Democratic challenger for his seat. Crawford has held the position since 2010, and that status won’t change in 2020.
U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton is in a similar situation, winning the Republican ticket in an uncontested vote. He will face two third-party candidates in November, but will not have a Democratic challenger for his job.
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