Barbara Webb elected to Arkansas Supreme Court


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The chief judge for the Arkansas Workers’ Compensation Commission and wife of the state Republican Party chairman has been elected to the Supreme Court after a race that focused on her GOP ties. Barbara Webb on Tuesday defeated Pulaski County Circuit Judge Morgan “Chip” Welch in the race for the seat being vacated by retiring Justice Jo Hart. Webb won an eight-year term to the seven-member court. Arkansas’ high court races are nonpartisan, but Webb had been criticized over her appeals to GOP voters. She had the backing of Sen. Tom Cotton and former White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders.

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