The Latest: Hutchinson says voters agree with his plan

Published 11-07-2018

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Latest on the 2018 election in Arkansas (all times local):

8:05 p.m.

Re-elected Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson has said that his win Tuesday night shows that Arkansas is headed in the right direction.

Hutchinson told The Associated Press that voters demonstrated they agree with his plan for the future of the state, which includes a new highway plan, lowered taxes and a streamlined state government.

Hutchinson won a second term against Democratic nominee Jared Henderson, a former Teach for America executive who had criticized Hutchinson on the state's Medicaid work requirement.

Henderson told The Associated Press that while he was disappointed in his loss, he remains optimistic about the Democratic Party in Arkansas. He also said it's very likely that he will run for office again.

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7:31 p.m.

Republican Asa Hutchinson has won re-election as Arkansas governor, defeating a Democratic challenger who had criticized him over the state's Medicaid work requirement.

Hutchinson won a second term and defeated Democratic nominee Jared Henderson, a former executive with Teach for America. Hutchinson is a former congressman and federal Homeland Security official who was first elected to office in 2014.

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7:31 p.m.

Republican Asa Hutchinson has won re-election as Arkansas governor, defeating a Democratic challenger who had criticized him over the state's Medicaid work requirement.

Hutchinson won a second term and defeated Democratic nominee Jared Henderson, a former executive with Teach for America. Hutchinson is a former congressman and federal Homeland Security official who was first elected to office in 2014.

Hutchinson had been the favorite in the race and touted more than $150 million in tax cuts he has signed into law since taking office.

Henderson had criticized Hutchinson over the state's requirement that some on the state's expanded Medicaid program work or lose their coverage. Nearly 8,500 have been kicked off the program for not meeting the requirement.

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7:30 p.m.

Polls are now closed for voting in Arka

Republican Asa Hutchinson has won re-election as Arkansas governor, defeating a Democratic challenger who had criticized him over the state's Medicaid work requirement.

Hutchinson won a second term and defeated Democratic nominee Jared Henderson, a former executive with Teach for America. Hutchinson is a former congressman and federal Homeland Security official who was first elected to office in 2014.

Hutchinson had been the favorite in the race and touted more than $150 million in tax cuts he has signed into law since taking office.

Henderson had criticized Hutchinson over the state's requirement that some on the state's expanded Medicaid program work or lose their coverage. Nearly 8,500 have been kicked off the program for not meeting the requirement.

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7:30 p.m.

Polls are now closed for voting in Arkansas' general election.

Polling sites were busy throughout much of Arkansas on Tuesday as voters cast ballots. And that's in addition to the more than 450,000 votes that were cast in early and absentee voting throughout the state.

Arkansas voters are being asked whether to raise the state's minimum wage, legalize casinos in four counties and enshrine a voter ID requirement in the state constitution. They're also weighing in on the state's constitutional offices, and whether to re-elect the state's four congressmen, who are all Republicans.

Voters in Little Rock are also choosing a new mayor.

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6:25 p.m.

Voter turnout was brisk on a sunny Election Day in central Arkansas.

Mother and daughter Kim and Mylisa Angel voted in Bryant after scrambling to get an ID card for Mylisa, who cast a ballot for the first time Tuesday. Both said they talked over the issues before the election and said they voted similarly in most races, except where they disagreed on the minimum wage ballot measure, with Mylisa supporting it and Kim opposing it.

In Little Rock, medical biller Sabrina Raveendran said she voted a straight Democratic ticket to send a message of change. Raveendran's father is Sri Lankan and her mother is Trinidadian, and she said was motivated to vote after President Donald Trump said he wanted to eliminate citizenship for the children of immigrants.

Polls will close at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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10:35 a.m.

Arkansas voters are going to the polls to cast their ballots for the midterm election.

On Tuesday's ballot is a race for governor between incumbent Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Democrat Jared Henderson, a proposal to raise the state's minimum wage and ballot measures to legalize casinos in four counties.

Voter Angela Bledsoe said she voted for the casino measure because she believes it will generate revenue for the state.

Voters are also considering a proposal to enshrine a voter ID requirement in the state constitution.

In central Arkansas, Democrat Clarke Tucker is trying to unseat incumbent U.S. Rep. French Hill for the 2nd Congressional District seat.

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7:30 a.m.

Polls are now open for Arkansas voters casting ballots in Tuesday's general election.

Leading the ballot is the race for Arkansas governor, as well as ballot measures that would increase the minimum wage, legalize casinos in four counties and enshrine a voter ID requirement in the state constitution.

In central Arkansas, Democrat Clarke Tucker is trying to unseat incumbent U.S. Rep. French Hill for the 2nd Congressional District seat.

State officials have reported brisk turnout in early and absentee votes, with more than 412,000 ballots already cast as of Monday.

Polls are open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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8:15 p.m.

An Arkansas Supreme Court justice is fighting for her political career in a re-election bid that's been marked by heavy spending by outside groups blanketing airwaves with attack ads, while voters are being asked to raise the state's minimum wage.

The Arkansas secretary of state's office hasn't predicted how many of the state's nearly 1.8 million registered voters will cast a ballot in Tuesday's general election.

Justice Courtney Goodson has faced a new barrage of attack ads and mailers in her re-election fight against David Sterling.

The Republican State Leadership Committee's Judicial Fairness Initiative has spent more than $1.2 million this fall on mailers and TV ads in the race. Similar outside spending sank Goodson's bid to become the court's chief justice two years ago.

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