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Arkansas State Senate elections, 2010

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Arkansas State Senate elections, 2010

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Arkansas State Senate
Elections for the office of Arkansas State Senator were held in Arkansas on November 2, 2010. State senate seats in 17 of the 35 districts were on the ballot in 2010. The 17 districts where electoral contests took place in 2010 are: 5, 6, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29, 34 and 35.

The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was March 8, 2010, and the primary election day was May 18, 2010.

The incumbent senator ran for re-election for 4 of the 17 state senate seats that are up for re-election in 2010. In the other 13 seats that were up for election in 2010, the incumbent could not run in 2010 because of the state's term limits.

As a result of the election, Democrats retained a majority in the senate. However, Democrats lost seven seats, dropping them from a near 3/4 majority to a minor 4/7 majority in the senate.

See also: Arkansas State Senate and State legislative elections, 2010

November 2 General Election Results

The following candidates won election on November 2, 2010:


  1. Bill Pritchard (Arkansas)
  2. Bill Sample
  3. Bruce Holland
  4. David Burnett
  5. David Johnson (Arkansas legislator)
  6. Eddie Joe Williams
  7. Jack Crumbly
  8. Jake Files
  9. Jason Rapert
  10. Jeremy Hutchinson
  11. Jonathan Dismang
  12. Linda Chesterfield
  13. Mike Fletcher
  14. Missy Irvin
  15. Paul Bookout
  16. Robert Thompson, Arkansas Senator
  17. Stephanie Flowers
  18. Steve Harrelson

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 2 election, the Democratic Party held the majority in the Arkansas State Senate:

Arkansas State Senate
Party As of November 1, 2010 After the 2010 Election
     Democratic Party 27 20
     Republican Party 8 15
Total 35 35


Campaign contributions

See also: State-by-state comparison of donations to state senate campaigns

This chart shows how many candidates ran for state senate in Arkansas in past years and the cumulative amount of campaign contributions in state senate races, including contributions in both primary and general election contests. All figures come from Follow The Money.[1]

Year Number of candidates Total contributions
2010 38 $3,771,126
2008 23 $2,251,735
2006 27 $1,546,556
2004 26 $1,250,204
2002 64 $2,693,862

In 2010, candidates running for senate raised a total of $3,771,126 in campaign funds. Their top 10 contributors were:[2]

2010 Donors, Arkansas State Senate
Donor Amount
Greenberg, Daniel $185,638
Cowling, Ken $133,512
Arkansas Healthcare Association $113,000
Medley, Jim $55,800
Stephens Group $51,250
Arkansas State Farm Insurance $39,500
Arkansas Realtors Association $38,500
Harrison, Barrett E $34,500
Morton, Michael S $29,000
Harrelson, Steve $28,500

Impact of term limits

See also: Impact of term limits on state senates in 2010

After serving two four-year terms, a senator is ineligible for re-election in Arkansas. Thirteen incumbent state senators in Arkansas, in the 17 seats up for election, were ineligible to run for re-election in 2010 because of term limits. This includes twelve incumbent Democrats and one incumbent Republican. 76% of Arkansas senate seats up for re-election in 2010 are losing their incumbent because of term limits.

The following 13 senators were ineligible to run for re-election due to term limits:

Democrats (12):


Republicans (1):


Incumbency

Unopposed incumbents

2010 state legislative elections analyzed using a Competitiveness Index

The following three incumbents (75%) faced no competition in the November 2 general election:

Primary challenges

Only one incumbent faced competition in the May 18 primary. Jack Crumbly won his primary and is now unopposed in the general election.

Retiring incumbents

All incumbents that were eligible to run for re-election to the Arkansas State Senate did so in 2010. The 13 incumbents that did not running were all ineligible because of term limits.

Qualifications

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Article 5, Section 4 of the Arkansas Constitution states: No person shall be a Senator or Representative who, at the time of his election, is not a citizen of the United States, nor any one who has not been for two years next preceding his election, a resident of this State, and for one year next preceding his election, a resident of the county or district whence he may be chosen. Senators shall be at least twenty-five years of age, and Representatives at least twenty-one years of age.

List of candidates

District 5

Democratic Party May 18 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party May 18 GOP primary result:
  • No Republican candidates filed to run for this seat.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Stephanie Flowers Green check mark transparent.png

Note: Incumbent Democrat Hank Wilkins did not run for re-election because of the state's term limits.

District 6

Democratic Party May 18 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party May 18 GOP primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party John Wells 9,602
Republican Party Bruce Holland 14,838 Green check mark transparent.png

Note: Incumbent Democrat Ed Wilkinson did not run for re-election because of the state's term limits.

District 10

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Democratic Party May 18 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party May 18 GOP primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Curren Everett 10,204
Republican Party Missy Thomas Irvin 14,865 Green check mark transparent.png

Note: Incumbent Democrat Paul Miller did not run for re-election because of the state's term limits.

District 11

Democratic Party May 18 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party May 18 GOP primary result:
  • No Republican candidates filed to run for this seat.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Robert Thompson Green check mark transparent.png

District 13

Democratic Party May 18 Democratic primary result:
  • No Democrat candidates filed to run for this seat.
Republican Party May 18 GOP primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Republican Party Jake C. Files Green check mark transparent.png

Note: Incumbent Republican Denny Altes did not run for re-election because of the state's term limits.

District 14

Democratic Party May 18 Democratic primary result:
  • Paul Bookout Approveda Incumbent Bookout was first elected in 2006.
Republican Party May 18 GOP primary result:
  • No Republican candidates filed to run for this seat.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Paul Bookout Green check mark transparent.png

District 15

Democratic Party May 18 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party May 18 GOP primary result:
  • No Republican candidates filed to run for this seat.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party David Burnett Green check mark transparent.png

Note: Incumbent Democrat Steve Bryles did not run for re-election because of the state's term limits.

District 16

Democratic Party May 18 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party May 18 GOP primary result:
  • No Republican candidates filed to run for this seat.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jack Crumbly Green check mark transparent.png

District 18

Democratic Party May 18 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party May 18 GOP primary result:
Green Party Green Party candidate:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Johnny Hoyt 11,603
Republican Party Jason Rapert 15,418 Green check mark transparent.png
Green Party Gregory D. Slocum 1,062

Note: Incumbent Democrat Bob Johnson did not run for re-election because of the state's term limits.

District 19

Democratic Party May 18 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party May 18 GOP primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Gene Shelby 10,550
Republican Party Bill Sample 14,071 Green check mark transparent.png

Note: Incumbent Democrat Terry Smith did not run for re-election because of the state's term limits.

District 21

Democratic Party May 18 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party May 18 GOP primary result:
  • No Republican candidates filed to run for this seat.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Steve Harrelson Green check mark transparent.png

Note: Incumbent Democrat Barbara Horn did not run for re-election because of the state's term limits.

District 22

Democratic Party May 18 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party May 18 GOP primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Dawn Creekmore 14,551
Republican Party Jeremy Hutchinson 21,331 Green check mark transparent.png

Note: Incumbent Democrat Michael Broadway did not run for re-election because of the state's term limits.

District 27

Democratic Party May 18 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party May 18 GOP primary result:
  • No Republican candidates filed to run for this seat.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Mike Fletcher Green check mark transparent.png

Note: Incumbent Democrat Steve Faris did not run for re-election because of the state's term limits.

District 28

Democratic Party May 18 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party May 18 GOP primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Lenville Evans 8,072
Republican Party Eddie Joe Williams 14,328 Green check mark transparent.png

Note: Incumbent Democrat Bobby Glover did not run for re-election because of the state's term limits.

District 29

Democratic Party May 18 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party May 18 GOP primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Sandra Prater 7,625
Republican Party Jonathan Dismang 12,424 Green check mark transparent.png

Note: Incumbent Democrat John Paul Capps did not run for re-election because of the state's term limits.

District 34

Democratic Party May 18 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party May 18 GOP primary result:
  • No Republican candidates filed to run for this seat.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Linda Pondexter Chesterfield Green check mark transparent.png

Note: Incumbent Democrat Tracy Steele did not run for re-election because of the state's term limits.

District 35

Democratic Party May 18 Democratic primary result:
  • No Democrat candidates filed to run for this seat.
Republican Party May 18 GOP primary result:

November 2 General election candidates:

Republican Party Bill Pritchard Green check mark transparent.png

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