Cotton Coasts to Win, Trump Nabs Arkansas in GOP Dominance

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LITTLE ROCK — Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas won reelection Tuesday in a race that has allowed him to begin laying the groundwork for a potential 2024 White House bid.

President Donald Trump secured Arkansas’ six electoral votes as Republicans hoped to maintain their dominance in the solidly red state.


Cotton defeated Libertarian nominee Ricky Dale Harrington on Tuesday after a campaign in which he ran ads in battleground states and assisted endangered GOP colleagues in the Senate.

The only Democrat who was running against Cotton abruptly withdrew his candidacy last year hours after the filing deadline.

With millions of campaign cash on hand, Cotton ran ads in Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin. He also made trips to Iowa and New Hampshire. He insisted the moves were about helping Republicans keep the Senate and Trump’s reelection.

Cotton, 43, was first elected in 2014 in a nationally watched campaign where he defeated Democratic incumbent Mark Pryor.

Unofficial results on Wednesday morning showed:

  • Tom Cotton — 66.57% — 776,289 votes
  • Ricky Dale Harrington — 33.43% — 389,848 votes

Cotton, who has eagerly taken on national issues popular with the Republican base and hewed closely to Trump’s rhetoric, showed no signs of letting up on that approach during his victory speech Tuesday night.

The Army veteran and Harvard law school graduate criticized athletes who have kneeled in protest during the national anthem and “politicians who want to defund the police.”

“I will never bend the knee to a politically correct mob,” Cotton said.


Trump has won Arkansas’ six electoral votes for the second time.

Trump defeated former Vice President Joe Biden in a state that has remained solidly red over the past several years. Trump easily won the state in the 2016 election over Hillary Clinton.

Unofficial results on Wednesday morning showed:

  • Donald Trump — 62.46% — 743,974 votes
  • Joe Biden — 34.70% — 413,327 votes

Trump has remained popular in Arkansas even though dissatisfaction with his handling of the coronavirus hurt his approval ratings nationwide. Arkansas has had more than 114,000 coronavirus cases and has seen a surge in hospitalizations in recent weeks


Republican U.S. Reps. Bruce Westerman and Steve Womack won reelection to their seats.

Westerman defeated Democratic challenger William Hanson and Libertarian Frank Gilbert in the race for Arkansas’ 4th Congressional District, which covers southern and western Arkansas. Westerman, a former state legislator, has held the seat since 2015.

Womack defeated Democratic challenger Celeste Williams and Libertarian nominee Michael Kalagias in the race for Arkansas’ 3rd Congressional District, which covers northwestern Arkansas. Womack, the former mayor of Rogers, has held the seat since 2011.

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