Griffin Unseated from Appeals Court, Luker Wins Senate Race

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Appeals Court Judge Wendell Griffin has been unseated from the state Appeals Court by Pulaski County Circuit Judge Rita Gruber.  Despite his defeat in yesterday's election, Griffen said last night that he doesn't regret his battle with an ethics panel over his right to criticize President Bush and the war in Iraq.

Gruber credited her victory in part to Griffen's past controversial comments.  She said she thought it would be fair to say that there were a lot of people in the community who were disappointed with the statements he's made over the years.  But she added that it's equally true to say she had a lot of support.

Without a statewide race on the ballot, voting was light Tuesday as Arkansans selected three Appeals Court judges and party nominees for a handful of legislative races.

In eastern Arkansas, state Senator Jim Luker of Wynne keeps his seat after handily turning back a challenge from state Rep. Denny Sumpter of West Memphis in the Democratic primary.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)