Tucker wins Democratic primary for Arkansas' 2nd Congressional District

State Rep. Clarke Tucker, D-Little Rock (Photo: Arkansas House of Representatives)

State Rep. Clarke Tucker, D-Little Rock, has won the Democratic primary election for Arkansas' 2nd Congressional District.

Tucker will face incumbent Republican Congressman French Hill in the November general election.

Little Rock teacher and political newcomer Gwen Combs had garnered the second-most votes in the four-person race Tuesday night.

With 183 of 509 precincts reporting, unofficial vote totals were:

Clarke Tucker: 8,742

Gwen Combs: 3,168

Paul Spencer: 1,723

Jonathan Dunkley: 1,320

Tucker is a two-term state legislator representing Arkansas's 35th House District. He grew up in Little Rock and graduated from Central High. Tucker went on to earn his law degree at the University of Arkansas.

The Little Rock attorney said he's fed up with partisan division in Washington, especially over healthcare. Tucker underwent treatment for bladder cancer last year.

"Being diagnosed was a life changing moment for me," he said. "When a doctor looks you in the eye and says you have cancer, it gives you a whole different perspective. Everyone, no matter age or income, should be able to go to the doctor without having to go bankrupt in the process."

Tucker has campaigned on promises to protect and improve access to healthcare through Arkansas Works, ensure paid maternity leave for state employees, invest in pre-kindergarten education and lower taxes for middle class Arkansans and veterans.

Hill, Tucker's opponent in the general election, was elected in 2014. He serves on the U.S. House Committee on Financial Services, where he was appointed to the committee's leadership team as majority whip.

There are eight counties in DIstrict 2: Pulaski, Saline, Faulkner, Perry, Conway, Yell, Van Buren and White counties.

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