Bruce Westerman, a Republican, beat back a challenge from a former Clinton administration official to win an open House seat in Arkansas, according to news outlets.


Westerman, a state representative and former University of Arkansas football player, had roughly 52 percent of the vote with almost 60 percent of precincts having reported. He defeated James Lee Witt, who led the Federal Emergency Management Administration under Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonTrump lawyers attack House impeachment as 'brazen and unlawful' effort to overturn 2016 results Trump chooses high-profile but controversial legal team The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump beefs up impeachment defense with Dershowitz, Starr MORE, Arkansas’s former governor and favorite son.

Westerman’s victory keeps Rep. Tom CottonThomas (Tom) Bryant CottonHillicon Valley: Lawmakers say Facebook deepfake ban falls short | House passes bills to win 5G race | Feds sound alarm on cyberthreat from Iran | Ivanka Trump appearance at tech show sparks backlash Cotton introduces bill blocking intel sharing with countries relying on Huawei for 5G GOP senators introduce resolution to change rules, dismiss impeachment without articles MORE’s seat in Republican hands. Cotton unseated Sen. Mark PryorMark Lunsford PryorTom Cotton's only Democratic rival quits race in Arkansas Medicaid rollback looms for GOP senators in 2020 Cotton pitches anti-Democrat message to SC delegation MORE (D) on Tuesday.

Democrats had some hope for Witt, but the district has a distinct Republican lean.