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Republican narrowly wins Arkansas state Senate race

Unofficial results show Republican Colby Fulfer narrowly won Tuesday's special election for the state Senate District 7 seat.

A Springdale city official eked out a win over his Democratic opponent in a special election Tuesday to fill a vacant state Senate seat.

Unofficial results show that Republican Colby Fulfer defeated Democrat Lisa Parks by just 34 votes for the state Senate District 7 seat in northwest Arkansas.

Parks said on Twitter that her team does not believe the outcome will change with a recount and she congratulated Fulfer on the win.

The seat had been held by former Sen. Lance Eads, a Republican who stepped down in October to take a job with a lobbying firm.

Fulfer was elected to the Springdale City Council in 2016 and served until 2020, and is the city’s chief of staff. Parks has worked more than 17 years as a public defender in Benton and Washington counties.

“19 Kids and Counting” father Jim Bob Duggar had run for the seat but failed to make the Republican runoff in a December primary.

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