Fewer than 100 votes separated the top candidates from the also-rans after ballots were counted in the party primary runoffs for a state senate seat in northeastern Arkansas.
Jonesboro businessman Steve Rockwell led Valley View Schools Superintendent Radius Baker by 24 votes in the Democratic primary, while former AT&T manager John Cooper led Ascent Children's Services CEO Dan Sullivan by 67 votes among Republicans.
If the results stand, Rockwell and Cooper would face off Jan. 14 in a special election to replace former Sen. Paul Bookout, who resigned in August.
Complete but unofficial results showed Rockwell with 50.5 percent of the Democratic vote and Cooper with 51.15 percent of the Republican vote.
Bookout quit after the state Ethics Commission ruled he spent money from his re-election bid on personal items.