Q. Byrum Hurst
Beth Anne Rankin
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Army veteran and management consultant Tom Cotton has won the Republican nomination for a south Arkansas congressional seat.
Cotton defeated Beth Anne Rankin and John Cowart in Tuesday's primary for the 4th Congressional District. The 35-year-old from Dardanelle raised more than $1 million in his bid for the seat and had racked up endorsements from leading national Republicans and conservative groups.
Rankin is a former Miss Arkansas who worked as an aide in former Gov. Mike Huckabee's administration. She was the party's 4th District nominee in 2010.
Hot Springs lawyer Q. Byrum Hurst and longtime state Sen. Gene Jeffress will face off June 12 to determine the Democratic Party's nominee for a seat in Congress from southern and western Arkansas.
Hurst and Jeffress won enough votes in Tuesday's primary to force a runoff. Trailing in the race was D.C. Morrison of Little Rock.
The district is Arkansas' only U.S. House seat occupied by Democrat. Congressman Mike Ross announced last year he wouldn't seek a seventh term.
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