Less than three hours after the polls closed, Q. Byrum Hurst, in an emotional moment, ended his bid to be the Democratic Party candidate for the District 4 seat in the U.S. House.
"I have no regrets," Hurst told his crowd of supporters at an upscale Hot Springs restaurant Tuesday night.
With 55 percent of the counties reporting, Hurst's opponent, State Sen. Gene Jeffress had garnered 60 percent of the vote.
Hurst said: "He won fair and square" and urged his supporters to follow his lead and back Jeffress in the General Election.
Jeffress will now face Republican Tom Cotton in the Nov. 6 election.
Hurst, a prominent Hot Springs attorney, had raised more than $231,000 in his bid for office, spending most of that on television spots. He won 35 percent of the vote in the May 22 primary. His staff then said they believed the ads would put him over the top.