Breanne Davis, a former analytics firm account executive, was nominated by Republican voters on Tuesday in an Arkansas Senate District 16 special runoff election.
Davis defeated Bob Bailey, a retired machinist from Entergy Arkansas Nuclear One plant, with more than 55 percent of the ballots cast, according to unofficial results. Davis secured 4,264 votes to Bailey’s 3,451.
Davis will face Democrat Teresa Gallegos in a May special election. The winner will serve the balance of the late Sen. Greg Sandridge’s term, which expires in January 2021.
Sandridge passed away in November after a battle with cancer.
Davis and Bailey are both Russellville residents. They were forced into a runoff by Luke Heffley, who took 15 percent of the vote in the Feb. 13 primary.
The Senate district covers much of Newton and Pope counties, as well as parts of Van Buren, Carroll and Boone counties.