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story.lead_photo.caption FILE - This combination of 2018 file photos shows Arkansas's 2nd Congressional District candidates in the November 2018 election from left, Democrat Clarke Tucker and incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. French Hill. (AP Photos/File)

A Republican congressman has won re-election to his central Arkansas seat after defeating a cancer survivor who railed against the incumbent's vote to repeal the federal health care law.

U.S. Rep. French Hill won a third term on Tuesday against Democratic challenger Clarke Tucker in the race for the 2nd District seat covering Little Rock and seven central Arkansas counties. Hill was first elected to the seat in 2014.

Tucker and national Democrats had believed they had a chance to flip the Republican-held seat over Hill's vote against the federal health overhaul. Tucker, a state representative, had run ads recounting his battle against bladder cancer.

Hill had run a series of ads trying to tie Tucker to national Democratic figures like Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi.

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


From left: U.S. Rep. French Hill, Joe Swafford and Clarke Tucker

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