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VIDEO: Griffin beats Elliott for Snyder seat, AP says

By Arkansas Online Press Services

This article was published November 2, 2010 at 10:17 p.m.


U.S. Rep.-elect Tim Griffin, along with his wife and daughter, walks on stage for a victory speech Tuesday at the Peabody.

Griffin wins in 2nd District

Former U.S. Attorney beats State Sen. Joyce Elliott in race to succeed Vic Snyder.

Griffin defeats Elliott in 2nd District race

She'll wait for all results before congratulating him, campaign manager says

Joyce Elliott

Tim Griffin

Republican Tim Griffin defeated Democrat Joyce Elliott on Tuesday night for the 2nd Congressional District seat vacated by retiring Democratic Rep. Vic Snyder.

With 112 of 412 precincts reporting at 9 p.m., Griffin was ahead of Elliott 49,727 votes 31,995

At the GOP watch party in Little Rock, there was a roar of support as AP called it for Griffin.

Griffin, flanked by his wife, daughter and a number of volunteers and staffers, took the stage at his watch party just before 10:30 p.m.

He began his 10-minute speech by telling the crowd of his victory was important for the party as a whole.

"In case you all didn't know, we needed 39 seats to take control of the House of Representatives. I just got a call: We were 39," Griffin said to loud applause.

Elliott hadn't conceded the race by 10:30.

Griffin led Elliott by double-digit percentages in polls. He also had a sizable lead in contributions.

Griffin, an attorney, has been accused of helping Republicans suppress voting by poor blacks in Florida, a charge he denies and which Democrats say he is lying about.

Elliott, a state senator and former public school teacher, has been accused of a character lapse for citing some of the public accusations that have been made against Griffin about the voter suppression controversy and his role in supplanting former U.S. Attorney Bud Cummins in Little Rock without undergoing the usual congressional quizzing.

Read tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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Information for this article was contributed by The Associated Press and the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.


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Populist says... November 2, 2010 at 9:09 p.m.

It's about time you published some negative information on Griffin. Too late. I'm afraid we are stuck with him for two years.

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TuckerMax says... November 2, 2010 at 10:40 p.m.

Does this mean that the Pillbury Doughboy, with the same level of brainpower and spine, will "represent" Arkansas in Congress? He won't represent Arkansas--it will be his corporate overlords. His voting record will kill him, and Elliott will be back.

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Populist says... November 3, 2010 at 3:26 a.m.

Well, Little Rock's racist image is still intact. Maybe in another 100 years, Arkansas will elect a black. Thank you Joyce Elliott for at least making an attempt.

It took voters a while to catch on to Tommy Robinson. They will eventually figure out Tim Griffin. It may take another Gulf oil disaster or two.

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lazybar says... November 3, 2010 at 9:16 a.m.

oh how the liberals panties are in a wad today.i think the nation has spoken and said we don`t like obama,his agenda,or his cronies.
get off the racism soap box most of the ones that got voted out were white.elliot did not carry the black vote pulaski county so all the blacks that voted against her are racest to?good gosh,it was the lesser of two evils and elliot was just to far to the left.

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pam45 says... November 3, 2010 at 9:24 a.m.

This type of voting isn't new news for Arkansas. I knew Arkansans would have a difficult time sending a Black candidate to Congress regardless of her impeccable public service record. All we need to do is look at the voting history of our state and how it is reflected in current thinking and actions. President Obama didn't win the state and it really had little to do with the Clintons. After a hard fought Democratic primary, McCain was the opponent. Have we ever asked a relevant question about the migration of talented people of color to other states? Those interested should review a race relations study done by UALR. I've talked to many who have left the state over the years and understand why they move. It's all about opportunity to excel and realize dreams like other talented people without a color ceiling. It's suttle but ever present and often disguised through middle management and public relations positions. Once again, people of color understand how it works in Arkansas regardless of the smile in your face and pat on the back. White men rule! Unpacking the why isn't difficult.

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