Incumbent Bob Ballinger loses GOP state Senate runoff to Bryan King

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Former Sen. Bryan King defeated incumbent Sen. Bob Ballinger in the Senate District 28 race on Tuesday.

King took 3,604 votes (54%) to Ballinger’s 3,091 votes (46%), according to unofficial vote totals.

“Things didn’t go our way tonight,” Ballinger wrote on Facebook after the results were released. “We worked hard, but it wasn’t meant to be.”

The race was a rematch between the two candidates, who faced off in 2018 when Ballinger defeated King.

King will face Democrat Jim Wallace in the Nov. 8 general election.

» See Washington County results here

In other Arkansas Senate runoff news:

  • State Rep. John Payton (59%) defeated state Sen. James Sturch (41%) in District 22. Payton will be unopposed in November.
  • Tyler Dees (63%) defeated state Rep. Gayle Hendren McKenzie (37%) in District 35. Dees will face Libertarian Doug Peterson in November.

In the Arkansas House:

  • Trey Steimel (59%) defeated state Rep. Marsh Davis (41%) in District 2. Steimel will face Libertarian Teresa Norman in November.
  • Hope Hendren Duke (68%) defeated Jay Oliphant (32%) in District 12. Duke will face Libertarian David Gill in November.
  • Scott Richardson (60%) defeated Denise Bugos (40%) in District 13. Richardson will face Democrat Jen Standerfer in November.
  • Kendra Moore (57%) defeated Jim Wilson (43%) in District 23. Moore will face Libertarian Ryan Hanson in November.
  • Steven Walker (53%) defeated Timmy Reid (47%) in District 27. Walker will be unopposed in November.
  • Wayne Long (59%) defeated Robert Griffin (41%) in District 39. Long will face Libertarian Clayton Hall in November.
  • State Rep. Marcus Richmond (78%) defeated Mike Jones (22%) in District 52. Richmond will face Independent John Wayne Catlett in November.