LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Election day is here in Arkansas and voters have until 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday to cast their ballots in 2022 May primary.
Some of the major races include who will be chosen to run for Arkansas governor on the Republican and Democratic tickets and a packed race to see who will become the GOP choice for Lieutenant Governor.
When you head to the polls, remember that party affiliations are optional, you will need identification to vote under Arkansas law, and if you are still in line when polls closed you are still allowed to vote.
Below you will find the latest updates regarding polling locations, ballot issues, and the decision in the races.
For a full list of all the Arkansas primary races, click here.
Watch our live coverage of the election results starting at 7:35 p.m.
Leslie Rutledge avoids a runoff in the crowded Republican race for Lieutenant Governor. The race being called, just before 2 a.m.
Lieutenant Gov. candidate has called fellow candidate Leslie Rutledge to congratulate her on her nomination. Rutledge's win has yet to be confirmed but she has posted online that she has won the GOP nomination.
The following have won their nominations for their respective races:
- John Boozman for US Senate
- Rick Crawford for US Congress District 01
- French Hill for US Congress District 02
- Steve Womack for US Congress District 03
- Tim Griffin for Attorney General GOP
Chris Jones officially wins the Democratic nomination for Arkansas governor in the 2022 Arkansas primary election.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders officially wins the Republican nomination for Arkansas governor over Doc Washburn.
In terms of the US House race, here are the latest on results:
- US Congress District 01: Rick Crawford with 73%, Brandt Smith with 17%, and Jody Shackelford with 10%. Roughly 13% of votes have been accounted for.
- US Congress District 02: French Hill with 62% and Conrad Reynolds with 38%. Roughly 45% of votes have been accounted for.
- US Congress District 03: Steve Womack with 79% and Neil Robinson Kumar with 21%. Roughly 21% of votes have been accounted for.
As of now, here are the leaders in each of the following races:
- Republican Primary for Governor: Sarah Huckabee Sanders with 81.5% and Doc Washburn with 18.3%. Roughly than 12% of expected votes have been accounted.
- Democratic Primary for Governor: Chris Jones with 85.8%, as 12.1% of expected votes have been accounted for.
- GOP Primary for US Senate: John Boozman with 56.7% and Jake Bequette with 24.2%. Roughly 10% of expected votes are accounted for.
- Democratic Primary for US Senate: Natalie James with 63.2% and Dan Whitfield with 26.9%. Nearly 15% of votes have been accounted for.
- GOP Primary for Lieutenant Governor: Leslie Rutledge with 54%, Jason Rapert with 12.4%, and Greg Bledsoe with 12.2%. Roughly 10% of expected votes have been accounted for.
- GOP Primary for State Attorney General: Tim Griffin with 87.5% and Leon Jones with 12.5%. Roughly 12% of votes of expected votes have been accounted for.
Voting polls in Arkansas have officially closed for the 2022 primary election.
Roughly an hour and a half remains for Arkansans to cast their ballots as candidates prepare to join their respective watch parties, where they'll be able to watch results as they become available. Republicans Sarah Huckabee Sanders and John Boozman are expected to speak at their respective watch parties after polls close.
There have been no reported issues with voting ballots throughout the day. Workers with the Pulaski County Election Commission spoke on voter turnout and said that over 22,000 people voted on Tuesday in that county alone, which exceeds numbers from 2018.
Rain is expected tonight for most parts of Arkansas, so plan to take an umbrella along with identification, and if you are still in line at 7:30 p.m. you are legally allowed to still cast a ballot.
Counties across Arkansas saw a record number of early voters with almost 10% of people in the state already casting their ballot.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders, republican candidate for governor, voted this morning at Pleasant Valley Church of Christ in Little Rock, joined by her husband and children. Several other candidates came together this morning in downtown Little Rock to kick off election day, including Sanders' democratic opponent for governor, Chris Jones.
The voting polls are now open.