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story.lead_photo.caption FILE — U.S. Rep. French Hill - Photo by ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE/Staton Breidenthal

U.S. Rep. French Hill has won the Republican nomination for central Arkansas’ 2nd Congressional District seat, beating White County school employee Brock Olree.

Hill claimed the win shortly after 8:30 p.m., thanking his supporters in Little Rock.

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Hill will face Democrat Dianne Curry and Libertarian Chris Hayes in the Nov. 8 general election for the right to represent the district, composed of Van Buren, Conway, Faulkner, White, Perry, Pulaski and Saline counties.

The former banking executive was elected to Congress in 2014 and served on the House Committee of Financial Services, the Subcommittee of Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises and the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations during his first term.

Olree, who works as the online school associate manager at Truth for Today World Mission School in Searcy, has no past political or business experience. He has a bachelor’s degree and two master’s degrees and has taught English at Harding University.

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

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