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 ClintonFeehery: Pivoting to infrastructure could help heal post-impeachment wounds Press: Ukraine's not the only outrage The 2 events that reshaped the Democratic primary race MORE, Arkansas’s former governor and favorite son.

Westerman’s victory keeps Rep. Tom CottonThomas (Tom) Bryant CottonGOP senator introduces bill to limit flow of US data to China Tom Cotton's only Democratic rival quits race in Arkansas Schumer concerned by Army's use of TikTok, other Chinese social media platforms 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.