LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KAIT) - Rep. French Hill (R-Little Rock) has defeated State Sen. Joyce Elliott (D-Little Rock) in the 2nd District race in the U.S. House, according to the Associated Press.
Senator Joyce Elliott however is questioning the count, and Arkansas Democrats say the 5,000 or ballots left to be counted in Pulaski Co. have “the potential” to affect close House races, including Dist. 32, which is in west Little Rock, and Dist. 38 in North Little Rock.
In unofficial numbers from the Arkansas Secretary of State’s office, Hill won six of the district’s seven counties - Conway, Faulkner, Perry, Saline, White and Van Buren - while Elliott won Pulaski County.
Leaders from both political parties spent the past few weeks in the district, campaigning for both candidates.
Elliott released a statement late Tuesday evening, saying she was not conceding the race.
“Let me be clear, this race is not over, and I have not called French Hill to concede. Voters deserve to have their voices heard and their votes counted. There are still a significant number of votes to be counted and stacks of bankers' boxes of absentee and provisional ballots uncounted in Pulaski County,” Elliott said in the statement.
“Now, more than ever, we must count every vote and work to restore faith in our Democracy. While we wait for these votes, it’s humbling to see how much our campaign has grown. Arkansans across the district have joined our campaign and built a movement to take a stand and demand better.”