In this Aug. 14, 2018, photo, Democratic state Rep. Clarke Tucker talks to Malik Kelly about his bid for the 2nd Congressional District in Little Rock, Ark. Tucker is challenging Republican U.S. Rep. French Hill in November for the seat, which includes Little Rock and central Arkansas. (AP Photo/Andrew DeMillo)

Arkansas race shows Democrats' hope for red state wins

September 02, 2018 - 7:03 am

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A Democrat running for a congressional seat in red-state Arkansas is making a surprisingly competitive bid to unseat a Republican congressman by talking about his bout with cancer and the federal health care law. It's raising Democrats' hopes they can find issues to attract voters again in conservative places.

Clarke Tucker is challenging incumbent Republican French Hill in the 2nd Congressional District, which encompasses Little Rock and seven central Arkansas counties. The urban section gives Democrats a better chance than the state's other three districts.

Tucker has made health care a central theme of his campaign, talking openly about having bladder cancer last year.

Democrats' hopes of flipping 23 Republican seats in November and regaining control of the House may depend on winning some red-state races like this one.