Josh Drake

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Josh Drake
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Candidate for
Governor of Arkansas
PartyGreen Party
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Josh Drake is a Green Party candidate for Governor of Arkansas in the 2014 election.[1]

Elections

2014

See also: Arkansas Gubernatorial election, 2014

Drake is running for election to the office of Governor of Arkansas. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Race background

Democratic incumbent Gov. Mike Beebe is ineligible for re-election in 2014 due to term limits, setting the stage for a highly competitive race. Over a year before the election, polling figures and ratings reports - from sources such as The Washington Post, Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball, Governing and Daily Kos - had already labeled Beebe's seat as a toss-up and cast Arkansas among the states most vulnerable to partisan switch in the 2014 gubernatorial election cycle.[2][3][4][5]

In June 2012, term-limited Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel (D) filed paperwork to start raising money for his 2014 gubernatorial campaign.[6] McDaniel had been considered the Democratic frontrunner, but revelations that he had engaged in extra-martial relations with a Hot Springs attorney, Andi Davis,[7] whom he met around his 2010 re-election, ultimately proved too significant a publicity threat to his campaign. He dropped out of the race on January 25, 2013, explaining in an e-mail to supporters, "I had hoped that I could shape the 2014 gubernatorial debate with my vision for the future. Unfortunately, I am now convinced that if I run for Governor, this campaign would be about me personally, rather than Arkansas's future."[8]

Despite announcing in December 2012 that he would not run for governor in 2014, former Congressman Mike Ross re-emerged as a potential candidate in the wake of McDaniel's exit from the race.[9][10][11] "Dustin McDaniel getting out of the race has left a huge void which clearly none of the other candidates are filling or I wouldn't be getting all these calls from every corner of the state...I'm humbled by that and I feel a sense of duty and responsibility to the people of this state to at least reconsider my decision and I'm doing that," Ross said at U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor's (D-AR) re-election fundraiser in March 2013.[12] Ross officially launched his campaign on April 17, 2013. The only other declared Democratic candidate at the time of his announcement, Lieutenant Governor Bill Halter, left the race in July when he found himself trailing Ross in fundraising and immediately threw his support behind Ross.[13]threw his support behind Ross upon his withdrawal from the race on July 29, 2013.[14]

Ross overtook Lynette "Doc" Bryant for the Democratic nomination in the May 20 primary election.[15] Former U.S. Rep. Asa Hutchinson defeated businessman Curtis Coleman in the Republican primary, earning the chance to win back office for their party.[13]

The Libertarian Party and the Green Party selected their candidates for governor by convention. Libertarian nominee Frank Gilbert and Green Party nominee Josh Drake will appear on the November 4 general election ballot with Ross and Hutchinson.[16][17][18]

Money in the race

On May 13, 2014, candidates were required to file pre-primary campaign finance reports detailing their fundraising and expenditures since April 1. Before winning their respective parties' nominations on May 20, Mike Ross (D) and Asa Hutchinson (R) both reported spending more than they took in over the previous month. Ross outraised Hutchinson $491,000 to $240,375, and Hutchinson outspent Ross by about $80,000. A large portion of each candidates' campaign expenditures went toward television advertisements. This was especially true for Hutchinson, who went $439,000 airing his ads across Arkansas-more than triple what Ross spent.[19]

Heading into the May 20 primaries, Ross reported having $2 million leftover, compared to Hutchinson's remaining balance of $904,000. Also on the GOP primary ballot is Curtis Coleman, who, unlike Ross' Democratic primary opponent Lynette Bryant, filed his campaign finance report by the May 13 deadline. Coleman raised $62,060 and spent $72,622 in April 2014, leaving him with $5,883 cash in hand.[20][19]

Polls

Hutchinson vs. Ross, April 2014-present

Governor of Arkansas: Hutchinson vs. Ross
Poll Asa Hutchinson (R) Mike Ross (D)Don't knowMargin of ErrorSample Size
NBC/Marist
April 30-May 4, 2014
49%42%7%+/-2.9876
Rasmussen Reports
May 27-28, 2014
48%41%6%+/-4.0750
AVERAGES 48.5% 41.5% 6.5% +/-3.45 813
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 editor@ballotpedia.org

Hutchinson vs. Ross, February 2013-April 2014

Governor of Arkansas: Hutchinson vs. Ross
Poll Asa Hutchinson (R) Mike Ross (D)Don't knowMargin of ErrorSample Size
Talk Business/Hendrix College
February 20, 2013
43%38%19%+/-3.8675
Talk Business/Hendrix College Poll
October 8, 2013
41%37%22%+/-4.0603
Public Policy Polling/Americans United for Change
December 13-15, 2013
44%43%14%+/-3.11,004
Rasmussen Reports
February 4-5, 2014
41%44%12%+/-4.5500
Impact
February 10, 2014
42%42%17%+/-2.831,202
OnMessage
March 11-13, 2014
44%36%15%+/-4.0600
Hendrix College/Talk Business
April 3-4, 2014
43%44%8%+/-3.01,068
Opinion Research Associates
April 1-8, 2014
39%45%17%+/-5.0400
New York Times/Kaiser Family Foundation Poll
April 8-15, 2014
41%40%16%+/-4.0857
Public Policy Poll
April 25-27, 2014
46%38%16%+/-3.4840
AVERAGES 42.4% 40.7% 15.6% +/-3.76 774.9
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 editor@ballotpedia.org


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References

  1. Independent Political Report, "The Green Party of Arkansas Announces Candidates for Governor and U S Senate," November 23, 2013
  2. University of Virginia Center for Politics: Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2013-2014 Gubernatorial Races," April 29, 2013
  3. The Washington Post, "The Fix's top gubernatorial races," September 27, 2013
  4. Daily Kos, "Daily Kos Elections gubernatorial race ratings: Initial ratings for 2013-14," October 6, 2013
  5. Governing Politics, "2013-2014 Governor's Races: Who's Vulnerable?," December 12, 2012
  6. Arkansas News Bureau, "McDaniel raises $1 million for governor’s race," October 15, 2012
  7. Arkansas Times, "McDaniel admits 'inappropriate interaction' with Hot Springs lawyer," December 18, 2013
  8. Arkansas Times, "McDaniel officially announces he's out of governor's race," January 25, 2013
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  10. Talk Business.net, "Stars aligning for Mike Ross to reconsider running for governor," December 20, 2012
  11. Arkansasonline.com, "Governor's race follow up," February 12, 2013
  12. The Associated Press - My San Antonio, "Analysis: Dem. race for Ark. gov. in '14 unsettled," March 24, 2013
  13. 13.0 13.1 Arkansas Business, "Bill Halter Quits Race for Governor to Avoid 'Divisive Primary'," July 29, 2013
  14. The Arkansas Times, "Mike Ross pitches for moderate vote in announcing for governor," April 17, 2013
  15. Arkansas Secretary of State, "2014 Preferential Primary Elections & Non Partisan General Election, Candidate Information: Lynette "Doc" Bryant," accessed March 3, 2014
  16. Times Record, Election 2014: Libertarian Frank Gilbert Announces Bid For Arkansas Governor, October 17, 2013
  17. thv11.com, "Libertarian Party holds annual state convention," February 22, 2014
  18. Independent Political Report, "The Green Party of Arkansas Announces Candidates for Governor and U S Senate," November 23, 2013
  19. 19.0 19.1 The Republic, "Democrat Mike Ross raises $491K in April for Arkansas governor bid, Hutchinson raises $240K," May 13, 2014
  20. Arkansas Online, "2014 Campaign Contributions, Governors Race," accessed May 15, 2014