Early voting is in for the special election in Jonesboro for a successor to Democrat Paul Bookout, who resigned after being cited for campaign finance violations.
The candidates: Businessman Steve Rockwell, a Democrat, and Republican John Cooper, an ultra conservative Tea Partyer who vowed to fight continuation of Medicaid expansion, which Bookout supported in narrow Senate passage.
This looks promising for the GOP. Overcoming 55% early vote a remote likelihood.
UPDATE: Results not final but Republicans celebrating. Election Day voting also trending Cooper. It looks over. With more than 5,500 votes in, and just a few precincts out, Cooper is over 57%. Night all.