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Arkansas Election Results
Wednesday, November 9, 2016 7:00 AM

Arkansas voters backed Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, handing the New York businessman and reality-TV star a landslide victory Tuesday. In early returns, Trump led in nearly all of the state's 75 counties, faring well in all four congressional districts.

Arkansas likely became one of the latest states—and one of the first in the South—to allow medical marijuana after a proposed constitutional amendment received what appeared to be a majority of favorable votes in Tuesday's election.

1st District

In the 1st Congressional District, U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford of Jonesboro won handily over Libertarian Mark West. With 670 out of 750 precincts reporting, unofficial returns were:

  • Crawford 166,622
  • West 49,848

Crawford is the first Republican since Reconstruction to represent the district, which runs along the Mississippi River from Missouri in the north to Louisiana in the south. The 50-year-old congressman is a former U.S. Army explosive ordnance disposal technician. After completing his military service, he worked as a radio announcer and later owned a farm news network.

2nd District

U.S. Rep. French Hill easily defeated Democrat Dianne Curry and Libertarian Chris Hayes. The central Arkansas race was the only U.S. House contest in the state where Democrats fielded a candidate. The three other Republican incumbents also shot out to early leads. With 310 out of 390 precincts reporting, unofficial returns were:

  • Hill 160,548
  • Curry 99,740
  • Hayes 12,635

The 2nd Congressional District, which Hill represents, includes Pulaski, Faulkner, Saline, White, Conway, Van Buren, and Perry counties. Hill is the former chairman and chief executive officer of Delta Trust and Banking Corp., a Little Rock financial institution he founded and led before its purchase two years ago by Simmons First National Corp. of Pine Bluff. First elected in 2014, the 59-year-old lawmaker serves on the U.S. House Committee on Financial Services.

Those who won congressional seats Tuesday will be sworn into office in early January and serve two-year terms. They'll receive $174,000 per year plus benefits.

3rd District

U.S. Rep. Steve Womack, 59, defeated Libertarian Steve Isaacson. Covering Northwest Arkansas' most heavily populated areas, the 3rd Congressional District has been a Republican stronghold for half a century; Democrats haven't won the seat since 1964. With 472 out of 500 precincts reporting, unofficial returns were:

  • Womack 183,555
  • Isaacson 51,764

Womack, a former Rogers mayor, is a retired Arkansas Army National Guard colonel.

4th District

U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman, 48, won over Libertarian Kerry Hicks. The 4th Congressional District, which covers all of southwestern Arkansas, also includes Pine Bluff and a sliver of Northwest Arkansas. With 778 out of 895 precincts reporting, unofficial returns were:

  • Westerman 159,462
  • Hicks 55,870

Westerman, a Hot Springs Republican, is the only member of Congress with a graduate degree in forestry. The engineer and forester went to Washington, D.C., after serving two terms in the Arkansas General Assembly, where he was the first Republican House majority leader since Reconstruction.

Arkansas Credit Union Association President Reta Kahley reported that those individuals supported by ARCUPA showed well. "We had an outstanding success rate, capturing 26 out of 32 races we supported," she said. "All in all, it was a good night for credit union wins, and a big thanks goes to all those who exercised their right to vote."