Arkansas lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2014

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Arkansas Lieutenant Gubernatorial Election
Primary Date:
May 20, 2014

General Election Date:
November 4, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Tim Griffin Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Office vacant
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The Arkansas lieutenant gubernatorial election took place on November 4, 2014. The seat was open because of the resignation of former officeholder Mark Darr (R) in January 2014.[1][2]

The race to fill the vacant lieutenant gubernatorial seat featured Republican candidate Tim Griffin, Democratic candidate John Burkhalter and Libertarian candidate Chris Olson. Griffin won election to a four-year term.

Arkansas is one of 14 states that uses an open primary system, in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary.[3][4][5]


General election

Republican Party Tim Griffin - U.S. Rep. Green check mark transparent.png[6]
Democratic Party John Burkhalter - Former State Highway Commissioner[7][8]
Libertarian Party Chris Olson[9][10]

Lost in primary

Republican Party Debra Hobbs - State Rep.[11]
Republican Party Andy Mayberry - State Rep.[12]


General election

Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTim Griffin 57.2% 479,673
     Democratic John Burkhalter 38.6% 324,260
     Libertarian Chris Olson 4.2% 35,257
Total Votes 839,190
Election Results via Arkansas Secretary of State.

Primary election

Republican primary

Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTim Griffin 63.4% 109,851
Andy Mayberry 20.6% 35,703
Debra Hobbs 16% 27,803
Total Votes 173,357
Election Results via Arkansas Secretary of State.

Democratic primary

  • Uncontested

Race background

Debate over necessity of lieutenant governor's office

The office of Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas was vacant throughout 2014, raising questions among state legislators and one lieutenant gubernatorial candidate about the need for the office to continue in the future. State Senators Keith Ingram (D) and Jimmy Hickey, Jr. (R) announced plans to seek abolition of the office during the 2015 legislative session. The duo announced the effort in August 2014, citing $450,000 per year in expenses for an office that is solely used as a stop gap if the governor is unable to perform the duties of office. A successful effort in the Arkansas State Legislature would potentially lead to a ballot measure dealing with the office.[13]

Libertarian candidate Chris Olson supported a significantly reduced budget for the office and lobbying the legislature to abolish the position. Tim Griffin (R) and John Burkhalter (D) indicated that they would use the office to support economic growth and vocational education.[13]

Ballot access for political parties
See also: Ballot access requirements in Arkansas

In Arkansas, the process to establish a political party is tied to the votes cast in a presidential or gubernatorial election. In order to initially put candidates on the ballot, political parties must submit a petition with 10,000 signatures. In order to maintain that status beyond the election year in which they submit such a petition, their candidate for governor or president must receive at least 3 percent of the votes cast for that office.[14][15]

In 2012, both the Libertarian and Green Parties of Arkansas qualified to put candidates on the ballot, but then their candidates did not receive enough votes for the parties to maintain their ballot status. In fall 2013, both parties submitted new petitions and were qualified to put candidates on the 2014 ballot.[16][17][18] In order to maintain their status as political parties without needing to petition for the 2016 elections, their candidate for governor needed to receive at least 3 percent of the vote. Frank Gilbert (L) received 1.9 percent of the vote and Josh Drake (G) received 1.1 percent of the vote in the gubernatorial election.[19]


Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas
Poll Tim Griffin (R) John Burkhalter (D)Chris Olson (L)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
August 1-3, 2014
Public Policy Polling
September 18-21, 2014
AVERAGES 41.5% 34% 5% 19.5% +/-2.8 1,259.5
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to

Past elections


Arkansas Lieutenant Governor, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMark Darr 51.1% 389,690
     Democratic Shane Broadway 48.9% 373,591
Total Votes 763,281
Election Results via Arkansas Secretary of State

Campaign finance

Comprehensive donor information for this election has been collected by Follow the Money. Based on available campaign finance records, the candidates raised a raised a total of $4,361,311 during the election. This information was last updated on May 11, 2015.[20]

Campaign Contribution Totals
Candidate Office Result Contributions
John Burkhalter Democratic Party Arkansas Lieutenant Governor Defeated $3,039,086
Tim Griffin Republican Party Arkansas Lieutenant Governor Won $1,169,129
Debra Hobbs Republican Party Arkansas Lieutenant Governor Defeated $126,188
Andy Mayberry Republican Party Arkansas Lieutenant Governor Defeated $24,531
Christopher Olson Libertarian Party Arkansas Lieutenant Governor Defeated $2,377
Grand Total Raised $4,361,311

Key deadlines

Deadline Event
March 3, 2014 Candidate filing deadline
May 20, 2014 Primary election
June 10, 2014 Primary runoff election
November 4, 2014 General election
November 19, 2014 Deadline for the county board of election commissioners to certify election results
January 13, 2015 Inauguration day for state executive officials in general election

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  1. Arkansas: Lieutenant Governor Quitting Under Pressure," January 10, 2014
  2. Arkansas Times, "Arkansas Lt. Gov. Mark Darr to resign Feb. 1, cites politics, family," January 10, 2014
  3. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  4. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  5. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013, through January 3, 2014, researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  6. Roll Call, "Tim Griffin to run for Lt. Gov. in Arkansas," February 13, 2014
  7. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named ltgov14
  8. Arkansas Times, "John Burkhalter resigns from Highway Commission to focus on lieutenant governor race," October 4, 2013
  9. Christopher Olson for Lieutenant Governor Facebook Page, "Timeline," accessed February 27, 2014
  10., "Libertarian Party holds annual state convention," February 22, 2014
  11. Arkansas News, "Republican candidate switches to lieutenant governor’s race," February 12, 2014
  12. Andy Mayberry for Lieutenant Governor 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed February 13, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 THV11, "2 Arkansas senators seek to abolish lieutenant governor office," August 14, 2014
  14. Arkansas Code, "Title 7, Section 1-101-21," accessed December 3, 2013
  15. Arkansas House Bill 2036, "An Act To Amend the Law Concerning Certain Procedural Dates In Election; To Amend the Law Concerning Certain Petitions; And For Other Purposes," Approved April 18, 2013 (timed out)
  16. Libertarian Party of Arkansas Website, "History of the Libertarian Party of Arkansas," accessed December 5, 2013
  17. Green Party of Arkansas Website, "Ballot Access," accessed December 5, 2013
  18. Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin, "New Political Party Petition--Green Party," November 6, 2013
  19. UALR Public Radio, "Poll: Ross, Hutchinson In Virtual Dead Heat In Governor’s Race," April 6, 2014
  20. Follow the Money, "Overview of Arkansas 2014 elections," accessed May 11, 2015