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Arkansas attorney general election, 2014

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Arkansas Attorney General Election

Primary Date
May 20, 2014

General Election Date:
November 4, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Dustin McDaniel Democratic Party
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Arkansas State Executive Elections
Top Ballot
GovernorLieutenant Governor
Secretary of StateAttorney General
Down Ballot
Treasurer, Auditor

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The Arkansas attorney general election will take place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Dustin McDaniel (D) is term-limited and unable to seek re-election.

Arkansas has an open primary system, in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary.

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Ballot access for political parties

See also: Ballot access requirements for political candidates in Arkansas#Process to establish a political party

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. Then, 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 three percent of the votes cast for that office.[7][8]

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 the fall of 2013, both parties submitted new petitions and were qualified to put candidates on the 2014 ballot.[9][10][11] In order to maintain their status as political parties without needing to petition for the 2016 elections, their candidates for governor must receive at least three percent of the vote.[12]

Race background

In December 2013, Arkansas' attorney general race was given its second consecutive toss-up rating by Governing. In March 2013, the open seat - held by term limited Democrat Dustin McDaniel - was first rated as "vulnerable" to partisan switch in the 2014 elections based on predictions that McDaniel's personal issues would cause a substantial number of fed-up voters to reevaluate their usual choosing methods as well as the merits of electing a Republican attorney general next time around. Shortly before the March rating came out, McDaniel was exposed for philandering for the second time in his attorney general tenure. The scandal forced him to end a long-anticipated campaign to run for governor in 2014.[13]

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