Arkansas Resources

Population: 2,978,204 (2015)

Filing deadline: March 1, 2018.

Primary: May 22; runoff June 19, 2018.

Arkansas (R+14) has been maybe the most reluctant state in the long process of making the once solidly Democratic South into an equally solid Republican region. There are still centrist Democrats on the local level, but precious few on the federal. Up until the 2010 cycle, Arkansas sent five Democrats and one Republican to Congress, now the delegation is all GOP. In 2010, the state was 75% White, 15% Black and 5% Hispanic.

FEDERAL LEVEL

Electors: 6. Arkansas has voted for the Republicans in all Presidential elections since 1980, except for the two times Bill Clinton ran.

Sena­tors: 2 Republicans.

Tom Cotton

Senator class 2: Tom Cotton (R)
Committees: Armed Services, Banking & Housing, Intelligence.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Tom Cotton

Rating, Jan 24, 2017:
TBD.

Status, May 14, 2016:
Lawyer and veteran Tom Cotton (b.1977), is regarded by many as a rising star in the Republican Party. He served two terms in the House before beating an incumbent Democratic Senator with 56% in 2014.

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John Boozman

Senator class 3: John Boozman (R)
Committees
: Agriculture, Appropriations, Environment, Budget, Veterans.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: John Boozman

Rating, Jan 24, 2017:
TBD.

Status, Jan 7, 2017:
Ophthalmologist John Boozman (b.1950) took the seat from an incumbent Democrat in 2010 and won 60% in 2016. Previously, he spent ten years in the House.

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Representatives: 4 Representatives, all Republicans.

Rick Crawford

District 1
Representative: Rick Crawford (R)
Committees
: Agriculture, Transportation, Intelligence.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Rick Craw­ford

Rating, Jan 7, 2017:
Safe Republican.

Status, Jan 7, 2017:
The district (R+14) covers the eastern and partially northern parts of Arkansas, including Jonesboro. It is 80% White and 15% Black. Veteran and TV-journalist Rick Crawford (b.1966) won this open seat in 2010 and was reelected with 76% in 2016.

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French Hill

District 2
Representative: French Hill (R)
Committees: Financial Services.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: French Hill

Rating, Jan 7, 2017:
Safe Republican.

Status, Jan 7, 2017:
The district (R+8) contains the central parts of the state, including Little Rock. It is 75% White and 20% Black. Banker and investor French Hill (b.1956) was first elected in 2014 and won 58% in 2016.

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Steve Womack

District 3
Representative: Steve Womack (R)
Committees: Appropriations, Budget.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Steve Womack

Rating, Jan 7, 2017:
Safe Republican.

Status, Jan 7, 2017:
The district (R+19) covers the northwestern parts of the state, including Ft. Smith, It is 80% White and 10% Hispanic. Since 2010, it has been represented by businessman and Mayor Steve Womack (b.1957), who ran unopposed by the Dems in 2016.

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Bruce Westerman

District 4
Representative: Bruce Westerman (R)
Committees: Budget, Natural Resources, Transportation.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Bruce Westerman

Rating, Jan 7, 2017:
Safe Republican.

Status, Jan 7, 2017:
The district (R+15) covers the southern and southwestern parts of the state. It is 75% White and 20% Black. Engineer and State Senator Bruce Westerman (b.1967) held the seat for the GOP in 2014 and was reelected with 75% in 2016.

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STATE LEVEL

Inauguration Day: The second Tuesday of January.

The Governor of Arkanas and all other State Officers are term limited for life after 2 x 4 years.

Asa Hutchinson

Governor: Asa Hutchinson (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Asa Hutch­inson

Rating, May 20, 2017:
Safe GOP.

Status, May 14, 2016:
Former Congress­man, assistant Secretary of Homeland Security and head of the DEA, Asa Hutch­inson (b.1950) won the office for the GOP in 2014, with 55%.

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Tim Griffin

Lieutenant Governor: Tim Griffin (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Tim Griffin

Rating, Jan 24, 2017:
TBD.

Status, May 14, 2016:
The Lieutenant Governor is nominated and elected separately from the Governor. Lawyer and Congressman Tim Griffin (b.1968) won with 57% in 2014.

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Mark Martin

Secretary of State: Mark Martin (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, Jan 24, 2017:
TBD.

Status, June 28, 2016:
Engineer and State Representative Mark Martin (b.1968) was first elected in 2010 and re-elected with 61% in 2014. He is term limited. Land Commissioner John Thurston and Martin’s deputy, Joseph Wood are both running for this job in 2018.

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Leslie Rutledge

Attorney General: Leslie Rutledge (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Leslie Rutledge

Rating, Jan 24, 2017:
TBD.

Status, May 14, 2016:
Lawyer Leslie Rutledge (b.1976) won the office with 52% in 2014. She is the first woman and the first Republican to hold the office.

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Dennis Milligan

Treasurer­: Dennis Milligan (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Dennis Milligan

Rating, Jan 24, 2017:
TBD.

Status, May 14, 2016:
Circuit Clerk in Saline County, Dennis Milligan (b.1957) won the office in 2014 with 56%.

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Andrea Lea

Auditor: Andrea Lea (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Andrea Lea

Rating, Jan 24, 2017:
TBD.

Status, May 14, 2016:
State Representative Andrea Lea (b.1957) won the office with 57% in 2014.

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John Thurston

Land Commissioner­: John Thur­ston (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, Jan 24, 2017:
TBD.

Status, May 14, 2016:
Theologian and minister John Thur­ston (b.1972) was first elected in 2010 and re-elected with 57% in 2104. He is term limited in 2018.

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State Senate: 35 (11D / 24R). Term: 4 years. Half elected in 2018/2020.
State House: 100 (24D / 76R). Term: 2 years. Elections in 2018.

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