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David Sterling
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Attorney General of Arkansas
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David Sterling was a Republican candidate for Attorney General of Arkansas in the 2014 elections.[1]

Elections

2014

See also: Arkansas attorney general election, 2014

Sterling ran for election as Attorney General of Arkansas in 2014. Sterling sought the Republican nomination in the primary on May 20, 2014. He lost to Leslie Rutledge in the primary runoff on June 10, 2014.[2] The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

  • Republican primary runoff
Arkansas Attorney General, Republican Primary Runoff, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngLeslie Rutledge 58.9% 43,873
David Sterling 41.1% 30,655
Total Votes 74,528
Election Results Via:Arkansas Secretary of State. Vote totals above are unofficial and reflect 100% precincts reporting.
  • Republican primary
Arkansas Attorney General, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Patricia Nation 13.7% 22,986
Green check mark transparent.pngLeslie Rutledge 47.2% 79,347
Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Sterling 39.1% 65,733
Total Votes 168,066
Election Results Via:Arkansas Secretary of State. Vote totals above are unofficial and reflect 100% precincts reporting.

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 for the governor's office, which is open in 2014 due to incumbent Gov. Mike Beebe having also reached his term limit.[3]

Five candidates - three Republican, one Democratic and one Libertarian - filed for the election to replace McDaniel. A primary was held on May 20 to decide which of the three Republican hopefuls would move on to the general election with the party's nomination. It was a close contest between the race's two Little Rock lawyers, Leslie Rutledge and David Sterling, neither of whom received a sufficient share of the vote to avoid a primary runoff election on June 10.

Rutledge and Sterling both ran on their legal resumes and previous efforts made on behalf of the Republican Party and its interests. Rutledge has claimed she is the more qualified candidate because she is “the only one with experience fighting crime, the only one with experience fighting the overreaching federal government.” Sterling, meanwhile, claims his federal court experience makes him the superior candidate, touting his ample courtroom experience. “The AG’s office is essentially Arkansas’ largest law firm, and I think that the voters want a serious and responsible and experienced attorney leading that law firm,” Sterling said.[4]

Rutledge ultimately defeated Sterling in the Republican primary runoff, earning over 58 percent of the vote.[5] She will face unopposed Democratic nominee Nate Steel and Libertarian Aaron Cash in the general election on November 4.

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