Arkansas State Senate elections, 2014

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Arkansas State Senate elections, 2014

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State Legislative Election Results

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Elections for the office of Arkansas State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place May 20, 2014; a runoff election will take place where necessary on June 10, 2014. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 3, 2014.

Incumbents retiring

A total of two incumbents are not running for re-election in 2014. Those incumbents are:

Name Party Current Office
Johnny Key Ends.png Republican Senate District 17
David Wyatt Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 19

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 4 election, the Republican Party holds the majority in the Arkansas State Senate:

Arkansas State Senate
Party As of August 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 13 Pending
     Republican Party 21 Pending
     Vacancy 1 Pending
Total 35 35

Qualifications

Candidate Ballot Access
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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.

Competitiveness

Candidates unopposed by a major party

In 15 of the 18 districts up for election in 2014, there is only one major party candidate running for election. A total of five Democrats and 10 Republicans are guaranteed election in November barring unforeseen circumstances.

Two major party candidates will face off in the general election in three of the 18 districts up for election.

Primary challenges

A total of three incumbents faced primary competition on May 20. Two incumbents are not seeking re-election in 2014 and another 13 incumbents advanced past the primary without opposition. The state senators facing primary competition were:

Retiring incumbents

Two incumbent senators are not running for re-election, while 16 (88.9%) are running for re-election. A list of those incumbents, one Democrat and one Republican, can be found above.

List of candidates

Note: Candidate lists can change frequently throughout the election season. Ballotpedia staff will be re-examining the list on a monthly basis for any changes. This list was last examined on August 11, 2014. For more information about Ballotpedia's election coverage plan, click here. If you are aware of a candidate we've missed or one incorrectly listed, please send an email to: Tyler King.

District 3

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party May 20 Republican primary:
  • Cecile Bledsoe Approveda - Incumbent Bledsoe was first elected to chamber in 2008.

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party Cecile Bledsoe

District 4

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • Uvalde Lindsey Approveda - Incumbent Lindsey was first elected to the chamber in 2012.
Republican Party May 20 Republican primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Uvalde Lindsey

District 5

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party May 20 Republican primary:
  • Bryan B. King Approveda - Incumbent King was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party Bryan B. King

District 6

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party May 20 Republican primary:
  • Gary Stubblefield Approveda - Incumbent Stubblefield was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party Gary Stubblefield

District 8

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party May 20 Republican primary:
  • Jake C. Files Approveda - Incumbent Files was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party Jake C. Files

District 9

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party May 20 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party Terry Rice

District 10

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • Larry Teague Approveda - Incumbent Teague was first elected to the chamber in 2008.
Republican Party May 20 Republican primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Larry Teague

District 14

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party May 20 Republican primary:
Independent Independent candidates:

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party Bill Sample
Independent George Pritchett

District 15

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party May 20 Republican primary:
  • David J. Sanders Approveda - Incumbent Sanders was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party David J. Sanders

District 17

Note: Incumbent Johnny Key (R) is not running for re-election.

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party May 20 Republican primary:
Republican Party June 10 Republican runoff:

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party Scott Flippo

District 18

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party May 20 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party Missy Irvin

District 19

Note: Incumbent David Wyatt (D) is not running for re-election.

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 20 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party James McLean
Republican Party Linda Collins-Smith

District 20

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • Robert Thompson Approveda - Incumbent Thompson was first elected to the chamber in 2006.
Republican Party May 20 Republican primary:

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Robert Thompson
Republican Party Blake Johnson

District 24

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • Keith Ingram Approveda - Incumbent Ingram was first elected to the chamber in 2012.
Republican Party May 20 Republican primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Keith Ingram

District 30

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 20 Republican primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Linda Chesterfield

District 31

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • Joyce Elliott Approveda - Incumbent Elliott was first elected to the chamber in 2008.
Republican Party May 20 Republican primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Joyce Elliott

District 33

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party May 20 Republican primary:
  • Jeremy Hutchinson Approveda - Incumbent Hutchinson was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party Jeremy Hutchinson

District 35

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 20 Republican primary:
  • Jason Rapert Approveda - Incumbent Rapert was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Joel Pearson
Republican Party Jason Rapert

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