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Arkansas GOP picks Griffin for lieutenant governor

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published May 20, 2014 at 8:24 p.m. Updated May 20, 2014 at 10:04 p.m.

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In this April 22, 2014, photo U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin, R-Ark., speaks during a candidate forum in North Little Rock.

U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin has won the Republican nomination for Arkansas lieutenant governor.

With 1,297 of 2,459 precincts reporting at 10 p.m., Griffin had 75,229 votes, or 64 percent, over state Reps. Debra Hobbs, with 17,201 votes or 15 percent, and Andy Mayberry, with 24,396 votes or 21 percent, in Tuesday's primary election. He'll face Democrat John Burkhalter and Libertarian Christopher Olson in the November election.

Griffin announced last year that he wouldn't run for another term representing the 2nd Congressional District, saying he wanted to spend more time closer to his family.

The winner of the November election will fill a post that has been vacant since Feb. 1, when Republican Lt. Gov. Mark Darr stepped down over ethics violations tied to his campaign and office spending.

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

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Populist says... May 20, 2014 at 9:06 p.m.

Bad headline. He is the Republican nominee for lt. governor. He has not won yet.

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Moonglowalso says... May 21, 2014 at 2:32 a.m.

Bad headline for another reason. The GOP didn't pick him; people voting in the Republican primary picked him. And, you don't have to be Republican to vote in the Republican primary.

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