A former interim U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas will replace a seven-term Democrat in the House, The Washington Post projected late Tuesday night.
Republican Tim Griffin, who led the Little Rock, Ark.-based U.S. Attorney’s office from December 2006 to January 2007, is set to succeed Democratic Rep. Vic Snyder, who did not run for reelection. With 52 percent of precincts reporting, Griffin secured 56 percent of the vote for the seat in central Arkansas, while Democratic state Sen. Joyce Elliott (D) received 40 percent of the vote.
Griffin took the helm of the U.S. Attorney’s office after the George W. Bush administration forced out former Eastern District of Arkansas U.S. Attorney Bud Cummins during the 2006 U.S. Attorney purge. He was an aide to former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove before he became interim U.S. Attorney.