Ben Brown speaks to supporters

Ben Brown, left, speaks to supporters after winning the State Senate race for District 26 Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022, during a watch party at the Tilted Skillet in Washington. Brown garnered more votes than Nate Tate, Bob Jones, Merry-Noella Skaggs and Jason Franklin to win the Republican primary.

Restaurant owner and Washington resident Ben Brown won the Republican primary for District 26's state senate seat Tuesday.

He will now face Democrat John Kiehne in the general election in November.