ARK CONGRESSIONAL RACE – The race for Arkansas’ District 2 Congressional seat has become unexpectedly tight as incumbent Republican Rep. French Hill and Democratic challenger Joyce Elliott have clashed over President Donald Trump's tax cuts and the efforts to repeal the Affordabale Care Act in their only debate last night. During the debate which was televised by Arkansas PBS, Congressman Hill criticized Elliott over her opposition to the 2017 tax cuts.
"My opponent says she would've voted no on the 2017 tax cut and jobs act," Hill said. "She's against that $2,000 benefit to working families in this country. She has supported tax increases here in Arkansas."
Elliott criticized Hill for his votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
"He was supporting an effort to take away your health care and your pre-existing condition protection,"Elliot explained. "That cannot work for families in district 2."
Joyce Elliott is a member of the Arkansas State Senate, where she has served since 2009. She taught high school for 30 years in public schools.
French Hill is a sitting congressman who has served Arkansas' 2nd District since 2015. He was previously the CEO and chair of the Board Delta Trust and Banking Corporation before it was bought by Simmons Bank in 2014. Political observers expect the Arkansas Congressional race to be a close one.