PROJECTED WINNER: Arkansas Republican Gov. Hutchinson re-elected

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Republican Asa Hutchinson has won re-election as Arkansas governor, defeating a Democratic challenger who had criticized him over the state's Medicaid work requirement.

Hutchinson won a second term and defeated Democratic nominee Jared Henderson, a former executive with Teach for America. Hutchinson is a former congressman and federal Homeland Security official who was first elected to office in 2014.

Hutchinson had been the favorite in the race and touted more than $150 million in tax cuts he has signed into law since taking office.

Henderson had criticized Hutchinson over the state's requirement that some on the state's expanded Medicaid program work or lose their coverage. Nearly 8,500 have been kicked off the program for not meeting the requirement.

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