Cotton defeats Jeffress for 4th District congressional seat

HOT SPRINGS (KATV) - Republican Tom Cotton beat out Democrat Gene Jeffress Tuesday night to win the District 4 congressional seat.

The win makes Cotton the first Republican to hold the seat since Reconstruction. He replaces long-time Congressman Mike Ross.

"It's a great honor, humbling honor" said Cotton shortly after the win was announced. "I'm grateful for the people of the Fourth District for trusting me to serve."

When asked if he would cooperate with newly re-elected President Barack Obama, he said, "Divided government is just a system created by our founding fathers but when he goes wrong, I'll part ways."

Even after Cotton's victory was announced, the Jeffress watch party stayed upbeat as the state senator said he ran his campaign for the people of the fourth district.

Cotton raised about 30 times as much money as Jeffress so Jeffress said he used what money he had to visit all 33 counties in his district, putting 5,200 miles on his vehicle in just eight days.

This is the first time Jeffress has lost an election after spending 10 years on the state senate but he called Cotton to wish him the best as he moves to Washington.

Cotton says the first thing he'll do is work closely with Congressman Ross to ensure a smooth transition before he takes office in two months.

Click here for a full list of Tuesday night's results.