Beebe wins re-election as Arkansas governor

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Election official Sharon Carder, left, puts a voting sticker on incumbent Democratic Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe's shirt in Searcy, Ark., Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010.  (AP Photo/Russell Powell)

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Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe has won a second term in Arkansas.

Beebe defeated Republican challenger Jim Keet in Tuesday's election. Beebe has served as governor since 2007, and enjoyed high approval ratings throughout his first term.

During the campaign, Beebe said Arkansas has weathered the economic downturn better than most states. The state's unemployment rate is lower than the national average, and the state has avoided the massive cuts and layoffs faced elsewhere.

The state also cut its sales tax on groceries while Beebe was governor. Before he took office, Beebe had been a state senator and attorney general.

Keet is a restaurant owner and former state legislator from Little Rock.

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