Republican John Cooper wins District 21 state Senate seat

Published: Jan. 15, 2014 at 2:07 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 15, 2014 at 10:48 AM CST
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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT/AP) - Republican John Cooper has won the Arkansas state Senate seat for District 21.

Cooper defeated Democrat Steve Rockwell for the position when voters cast their final ballots in a special election Tuesday. He replaces former Sen. Paul Bookout.

Cooper called Tuesday night's results a "statement win" and said he was grateful for all of the support during the special election.

The race had focused primarily on the compromise plan to expand Medicaid approved by the Arkansas Legislature last year. Cooper vowed if elected to defund the "private option" plan when the Legislature convenes next month, while Rockwell had promised to continue the program.

Final results:

  • Republican John Cooper: 4,314 (57.21%)
  • Democrat Steve Rockwell: 3,227 votes (42.79%)

Copyright 2014 KAIT. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.