Sen. Tom Cotton re-elected by Arkansas after defeating Libertarian challenger

Senator Tom Cotton has been re-elected to the Senate after facing only a Libertarian challenger in the race, according to Associated Press.

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas — U.S. Senator Tom Cotton has been re-elected to the Senate after facing only a Libertarian challenger in the race, according to Associated Press.

He was first elected as one of Arkansas’s senators in 2014 after serving in the U.S. House of Representatives for two years.

The Democratic challenger dropped out of the race two hours after the filing period ended in Arkansas.

Cotton, who wasn’t facing a Democratic challenger, chose to spend the 2020 campaign running ads and making appearances in other states.

He also declined to take part in a debate with Libertarian challenger Ricky Dale Harrington Jr. on Arkansas PBS before the elections.

Harrington was polling anywhere from an 11-point to 55-point underdog behind Cotton before election night.

Cotton celebrated the win by tweeting, “THANK YOU ARKANSAS!”

We will update this article with comments from Sen. Cotton and Harrington regarding the results.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.