Gene Jeffress defeats Q. Byrum Hurst in District 4

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    • State Sen. Gene Jeffress waits for primary election results in May. (Photo: KTHV)

    CAMDEN, Ark. (KTHV) - In District 4, longtime state legislator Gene Jeffress beat Hot Springs lawyer Q. Byrum Hurst with sixty-one percent of the vote.

    "We're excited, it's been a great night," says Jeffress. "Let me add, Mr. Hurst as well, he's been a gentleman and I do appreciate the race that he's run and his supporters, I appreciate them as well."

    Jeffress will now face Dardanelle Republican Tom Cotton in November.

    He says while he knows Cotton has an advantage on him with monetary donations - he knows what voters want.

    "This election is not about buying it were gonna see people because that's who's gonna vote for us."

    Jefress says his campaign has only spent about $38,000 while Cotton has more than a million. 

    Mr. Hurst released a statement following the election results.
    "First and foremost, I want to thank my family, friends and neighbors for their tremendous support in this campaign. Now more than ever, it is clear that this district deserves a Democrat committed to building on the track record of Mike Ross, and I am committed to working with State Senator Gene Jeffress to ensure we can Arkansas forward."

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