JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - 8:25 P.M. UPDATE:
Republican congressman Rick Crawford is heading back to Washington for a fourth term from eastern and northern Arkansas, the Associated Press reported.
The incumbent defeated Libertarian Mark West in Tuesday's election. The Democrats did not field a candidate.
While both candidates said they would work to repeal the nation's health care law and to open trade with Cuba, they differed on how to best to reduce government spending. West said he would end expensive military operations, while Crawford suggested during a debate last month that he'd implement a government hiring freeze.
Crawford accused his opponent of being "socially liberal." West said after last month's debate that he opposes abortion and also says the government shouldn't be involved in issuing marriage licenses.
According to the Associated Press, Rep. Rick Crawford will emerge the victor in the 1st District congressional race, defeating Libertarian Mark West.
Crawford, a Republican from Jonesboro, was elected in 2010 and serves on both the House Agriculture and House Transportation and Infrastructure committees.
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