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11:44 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

French Hill and Bruce Westerman Get GOP Congressional Nominations

   

French Hill at election watch party in Little Rock.
French Hill at election watch party in Little Rock.
Credit KUAR

The Republican Party nominated candidates for the contested 4th and 2nd congressional districts in Arkansas Tuesday.

There were no big surprises, with French Hill leading in the 2nd and Bruce Westerman in the 4th, leading in the polls going into election night with results giving comfortable leads.

Hill faced Ann Clemmer and Colonel Reynolds but surpassed the 50 percent margin needed to avoid a run-off. Hill’s election watch speech in Little Rock made references to a widely played television ad.

Speaking afterward Hill credited, in part, his ability to out fundraise opponents as a key to the nomination.

“I don’t think there’s any doubt that our ability to go up into media and direct mail, radio, and television was a very important component with our ground game of tonight’s victory,” said Hill.

He faces Democrat Pat Hays and Libertarian Debbie Standiford in the fall.

Westerman accepted the GOP nomination for the 4th district in Hot Springs after besting Tommy Moll in a race where both candidates were competitive in fundraising. Westerman faces Democrat James Lee Witt and Libertarian Ken Hamilton.