A state representative has won the Republican nomination for a Fort Smith Senate seat but a House race in the Ozarks is very close

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FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — A state representative has won the Republican nomination for a Fort Smith Senate seat, but a House race in the Ozarks is very close.

Mathew Pitsch defeated Frank Glidewell on Tuesday and will face Libertarian Whitfield Hyman in November for a term beginning in January.

Glidewell had won a special primary last month and will face Hyman on Aug. 14 to fill the unexpired term of Jake Files. Files resigned after pleading guilty to federal fraud charges in January.

With all precincts reporting unofficial returns from House District 83, Republican Newton County Sheriff Keith Slape leads Donald Ragland of Marshall by 44 votes. Ragland is completing a term won by David Branscum, who quit to join the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The winner has no opponent in November.

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