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Flippo beats Burris in Arkansas state Senate race

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The owner of an assisted living facility has won the Republican nomination for a north Arkansas Senate seat, defeating an architect of the state's nationally-heralded compromise Medicaid expansion.

Scott Flippo defeated state Rep. John Burris in Tuesday's GOP runoff for state Senate District 17. Burris is a former House Republican leader. There's no Democrat running for the seat in the November election.

Flippo had cast the race as a referendum on Arkansas' private option plan to use federal Medicaid funds to purchase private insurance for the poor. Burris helped craft the plan and urged House members to approve it as an alternative to expanding Medicaid under the federal health law.

Flippo had the backing of Republican lawmakers who are vowing to reject funding for the program next year.

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