Arkansas elections, 2014

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Contents
1 2014 elections
1.1 Races to watch in Arkansas
1.2 Elections by type
2 Voting in Arkansas
2.1 Important voting information
2.2 Voting absentee
2.3 Voting early
3 Elections Performance Index
4 See also
5 References


Arkansas

The state of Arkansas held elections in 2014. Below are the dates of note:

2014 elections and events in Arkansas
State Senate special election January 14, 2014 Red padlock.png
Signature filing deadline for all candidates March 3, 2014 Red padlock.png
Voter registration deadline for primary election April 20, 2014 Red padlock.png
Primary election date May 20, 2014 Red padlock.png
Primary runoff election June 10, 2014 Red padlock.png
Petition drive deadline for ballot measures July 7, 2014 Red padlock.png
School board elections (7) September 16, 2014 Red padlock.png
Voter registration deadline for general election October 6, 2014 Red padlock.png
General election date November 4, 2014 Red padlock.png
Statewide ballot measure elections November 4, 2014 Red padlock.png

Below are the types of elections that were scheduled in Arkansas in 2014:

On the 2014 ballot
Find current election news and links here.
U.S. Senate Scheduled electiona
U.S. House Scheduled electiona
State Executives Scheduled electiona
State Senate Scheduled electiona
State House Scheduled electiona
Statewide ballot measures (5 measures) Scheduled electiona
Local ballot measures Unscheduled electiond
School boards Scheduled electiona

2014 elections

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Races to watch in Arkansas

U.S. Congress


See also: United States Senate elections in Arkansas, 2014 and United States House of Representatives elections in Arkansas, 2014

Sen. Mark Pryor (D) faced early attacks on his vote for the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). Many considered Pryor to be the most vulnerable Democratic incumbent. Pryor was defeated in the general election by Rep. Tom Cotton.


State Executive Officials in Arkansas


See also: Arkansas state executive official elections, 2014

The Arkansas gubernatorial election took place on November 4, 2014. Democratic incumbent Mike Beebe was ineligible for re-election in 2014 due to term limits and the race to succeed him was expected to be highly competitive according to polls and race ratings reports.[1][2][3][4]

After withdrawals by Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel (D) and former Arkansas Lieutenant Governor Bill Halter (D), Mike Ross, having announced in December 2012 that he would not run, re-emerged as a candidate.[5][6][7][8][9] Ross defeated Lynette "Doc" Bryant in the Democratic primary on May 20, 2014.[10] On the Republican side, former U.S. Rep. Asa Hutchinson defeated businessman Curtis Coleman in the Republican primary.[11] Libertarian nominee Frank Gilbert and Green Party nominee Josh Drake also appeared on the general election ballot. Hutchinson won the general election.[12][13][14]

Arkansas State Legislature


See also: Arkansas State Senate elections, 2014 and Arkansas House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Arkansas State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 20, 2014; a runoff election took place on June 10, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 3, 2014. Heading into the election, the Republican Party controlled the chamber. The following table details the 10 districts with the smallest margin of victory in the November 6, 2012, general election.

Elections for the office of Arkansas House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 20, 2014; a runoff election took place where necessary on June 10, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 3, 2014. Heading into the election, the Republican Party controlled the chamber. The following table details the 10 districts with the smallest margin of victory in the November 6, 2012, general election.


Elections by type

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1 U.S. Senate elections in Arkansas
1.1 Candidates
1.2 Race background
1.3 Race ratings
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U.S. Senate elections in Arkansas

See also: United States Senate elections in Arkansas, 2014 and United States Senate elections, 2014

Voters in Arkansas elected one member to the U.S. Senate in the election on November 4, 2014.

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 3, 2014
May 20, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Arkansas is one of 14 states that uses an open primary system, in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary.[15][16][17]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register to vote by April 20, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 5, 2014.[18]

See also: Arkansas elections, 2014

Incumbent: The election filled the Senate seat held by Mark Pryor (D). Pryor was first elected in 2002 and was running for re-election in 2014. Pryor was the only Democratic member in Arkansas' congressional delegation.

Candidates


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General election candidates

Democratic Party Mark Pryor
Republican Party Tom Cotton Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Nathan LaFrance
Green Party Mark Swaney


May 20, 2014, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Libertarian Party Libertarian Convention

Green Party Green Party Convention

Race background


Arkansas's senate seat held by Mark Pryor, a Democrat in a red state, was considered to be one of the most vulnerable in the country. The state became increasingly Republican since Bill Clinton was governor, having voted for George W. Bush, John McCain and Mitt Romney in the last three presidential elections. Pryor's seat was also the only remaining seat held by a Democrat in the state's congressional delegation.[20]

Additionally, the unpopularity of President Obama's healthcare mandate, combined with its poor implementation thus far, was likely to be a major issue that Pryor would have had to overcome in order to win re-election.

Race ratings


Most vulnerable seats

The FiscalTimes compiled a list of the seven most vulnerable Senate seats up for election in 2014. The seven included in the list were: Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Dakota and West Virginia. Going into the 2014 election, all seven seats were held by Democrats.[21]

Washington Post top 10 races

According to an analysis by The Washington Post, the U.S. Senate election in Arkansas was considered one of the top 10 Senate races of 2014. As of late 2013, Pryor still remained one of the most vulnerable Democratic incumbents up for re-election.[22]

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Contents
1 U.S. House of Representatives elections in Arkansas
1.1 Partisan breakdown
1.2 Incumbents
1.3 List of candidates by district
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U.S. House of Representatives elections in Arkansas

See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Arkansas, 2014 and United States House of Representatives elections, 2014

The 2014 U.S. House of Representatives elections in Arkansas took place on November 4, 2014. Voters elected four candidates to serve in the U.S. House, one from each of the state's four congressional districts.

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 3, 2014
May 20, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Arkansas is one of 14 states that uses an open primary system, in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary.[15][16][17]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register to vote by April 20, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 5, 2014.[18]

See also: Arkansas elections, 2014


Partisan breakdown


Heading into the November 4 election, the Republican Party held all four of the congressional seats from Arkansas.

Members of the U.S. House from Arkansas -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 0 0
     Republican Party 4 4
Total 4 4

Incumbents


Heading into the 2014 election, the incumbents for the four congressional districts were:

Name Party District
Rick Crawford Ends.png Republican 1
Tim Griffin Ends.png Republican 2
Steve Womack Ends.png Republican 3
Tom Cotton Ends.png Republican 4

List of candidates by district


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1st Congressional District

General election candidates

Republican Party Rick Crawford Green check mark transparent.png
Democratic Party Jackie McPherson
Libertarian Party Brian Scott Willhite


May 20, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Libertarian Party Libertarian Convention

2nd Congressional District

General election candidates

Republican Party French Hill Green check mark transparent.png
Democratic Party Patrick Hays
Libertarian Party Debbie Standiford


May 20, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Libertarian Party Libertarian Convention

3rd Congressional District

General election candidates

Republican Party Steve Womack Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Grant Brand


May 20, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Libertarian Party Libertarian Convention

4th Congressional District

General election candidates

Republican Party Bruce Westerman Green check mark transparent.png
Democratic Party James Lee Witt
Libertarian Party Ken Hamilton
Independent Janis Percefull (Write-in)


May 20, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Libertarian Party Libertarian Convention

Did not run

Republican Party Mark Darr - Lieutenant Governor

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State executive official elections in Arkansas

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See also: Arkansas state executive official elections, 2014 and State executive official elections, 2014
Contents
1 State executive official elections in Arkansas
2 List of candidates by office
2.1 Governor
2.2 Lieutenant Governor
2.3 Attorney General
2.4 Secretary of State
2.5 Down ballot offices

Seven state executive positions were up for election in 2014 in the state of Arkansas.

The following offices were elected in 2014 in Arkansas:

List of candidates by office

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Governor


General election

Republican Party Asa Hutchinson Green check mark transparent.png[26]
Democratic Party Mike Ross[27][28]
Libertarian Party Frank Gilbert[12][29]
Green Party Josh Drake[30]

Term-limited

Democratic Party Mike Beebe - Incumbent

Lost in the primary

Republican Party Curtis Coleman[31]
Democratic Party Lynette Bryant[32]

Lieutenant Governor


General election

Republican Party Tim Griffin - U.S. Rep. Green check mark transparent.png[33]
Democratic Party John Burkhalter - Former State Highway Commissioner[34][35]
Libertarian Party Chris Olson[36][37]

Lost in primary

Republican Party Debra Hobbs - State Rep.[38]
Republican Party Andy Mayberry - State Rep.[39]

Attorney General


General election

Republican Party Leslie Rutledge[40] Green check mark transparent.png
Democratic Party Nate Steel[41]
Libertarian Party Aaron Cash[42]

Did not file for office

Democratic Party Dustin McDaniel - Incumbent

Lost in the runoff

Republican Party David Sterling[43]

Lost in the primary

Republican Party Patricia Nation[44][45]

Secretary of State


Republican Party Mark Martin - Incumbent Green check mark transparent.png
Democratic Party Susan Inman - Arkansas Board of Election Commissioners and Pulaski County Election Commissioner[46]
Libertarian Party Jacob Holloway[47]

Down ballot offices


Office Incumbent Assumed Office Incumbent running? General Election Candidates 2015 Winner Partisan Switch?
Treasurer Charles Robinson
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2013 No Republican Party Dennis Milligan
Democratic Party Karen Sealy Garcia
Libertarian Party Chris Hayes
Republican Party Dennis Milligan Yes
Auditor Charlie Daniels
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2011 No[48] Republican Party Andrea Lea
Democratic Party Regina Stewart Hampton
Libertarian Party Brian Leach
Republican Party Andrea Lea Yes
Commissioner of State Lands John Thurston
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2011 Yes[49][50] Republican Party John Thurston
Democratic Party Mark Robertson
Libertarian Party Elvis D. Presley
Republican Party John Thurston No


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State Senate election in Arkansas

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See also: Arkansas State Senate elections, 2014, Arkansas state legislative special elections, 2014 and State legislative elections, 2014
Contents
1 State House elections in Arkansas
1.1 Regularly scheduled elections
1.2 Special elections by date

There were both regular elections and special elections scheduled for the Arkansas State Senate in 2014.

Regularly scheduled elections


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

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

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

Arkansas State Senate
Party As of November 3, 2014 After November 4, 2014
     Democratic Party 13 11
     Republican Party 21 24
     Vacancy 1 0
Total 35 35

List of candidates by district

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District 3District 4District 5District 6District 8District 9District 10District 14District 15District 17District 18District 19District 20District 24District 30District 31District 33District 35

Special elections by date


January 14, 2014



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State House elections in Arkansas

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See also: Arkansas House of Representatives elections, 2014 and State legislative elections, 2014

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

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 4 election, the Republican Party hld the majority in the Arkansas House of Representatives:

Arkansas House of Representatives
Party As of November 3, 2014 After November 4, 2014
     Democratic Party 48 36
     Republican Party 51 64
     Green Party 1 0
Total 100 100

List of candidates by district

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District 1District 2District 3District 4District 5District 6District 7District 8District 9District 10District 11District 12District 13District 14District 15District 16District 17District 18District 19District 20District 21District 22District 23District 24District 25District 26District 27District 28District 29District 30District 31District 32District 33District 34District 35District 36District 37District 38District 39District 40District 41District 42District 43District 44District 45District 46District 47District 48District 49District 50District 51District 52District 53District 54District 55District 56District 57District 58District 59District 60District 61District 62District 63District 64District 65District 66District 67District 68District 69District 70District 71District 72District 73District 74District 75District 76District 77District 78District 79District 80District 81District 82District 83District 84District 85District 86District 87District 88District 89District 90District 91District 92District 93District 94District 95District 96District 97District 98District 99District 100

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Statewide ballot measure elections in Arkansas

See also: Arkansas 2014 ballot measures and 2014 ballot measures

Five statewide ballot questions were certified for the 2014 ballot in the state of Arkansas.

On the ballot


November 4:

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Issue 1 Admin of Gov't Requires legislative review and approval of changes to state agencies' administrative rules Approveda
LRCA Issue 2 Direct Democracy Sets threshold of 75 percent of required petition signatures to obtain additional time for signature collection Approveda
LRCA Issue 3 Term Limits Extends length of time state legislators can stay in office to 16 years; limits lobbying and creates independent elected officials salary commission Approveda
CICA Issue 4 Alcohol Legalizes manufacture, transportation and sale of alcohol statewide Defeatedd
CISS Issue 5 Min Wage Increases the state’s minimum wage from $6.25 to $8.50 per hour by 2017 Approveda

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School board elections in Arkansas

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See also: List of school board elections in 2014 and Arkansas school board elections, 2014

In 2014, 665 of America's largest school districts held elections for 2,169 seats. These elections took place in 37 states.


State elections


A total of seven Arkansas school districts among America's largest school districts by enrollment held elections in 2014 for 12 seats. Each district held elections on September 16, 2014.

Here are several quick facts about Arkansas's school board elections in 2014:

  • The largest school district by enrollment with an election in 2014 was Little Rock School District with 25,685 K-12 students.
  • The smallest school district by enrollment with an election in 2014 was Conway Public Schools with 9,455 K-12 students.
  • Five school districts were tied for the most seats on the ballot in 2014 with two seats up for election in each district.
  • Rogers School District and Springdale Public Schools had the fewest seats on the ballot in 2014 with one seat up for election in each district.

The districts listed below served 106,835 K-12 students during the 2010-2011 school year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.[56] Click on the district names for more information on the district and its school board elections.

2014 Arkansas School Board Elections
District Date Seats up for election Total board seats Student enrollment
Bentonville School District 9/16/2014 2 7 13,530
Cabot Public School District 9/16/2014 2 7 10,307
Conway Public Schools 9/16/2014 2 7 9,455
Fort Smith Public Schools 9/16/2014 2 7 14,107
Little Rock School District 9/16/2014 2 7 25,685
Rogers School District 9/16/2014 1 7 14,340
Springdale Public Schools 9/16/2014 1 7 19,411



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Voting in Arkansas

See also: Voting in Arkansas

Important voting information

  • Arkansas is one of 14 states that uses an open primary system, in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary.[15][16][17]
  • As of December 2014, Arkansas is one of the 35 states that have not implemented online voter registration.

Voting absentee

See also: Absentee voting by state

For information about eligibility, deadlines, military and overseas voting and updates to the voting laws in Arkansas, please visit our absentee voting by state page.

Voting early

See also: Early voting

Arkansas is one of 34 states that has early voting with no specific requirements as to who can vote early. Depending on the type of election, early voting begins seven to 15 days before an election and ends on the day prior to election day.[57] The average number of days prior to an election that voters can cast an early ballot is 21 days in states with a definitive starting date.

Elections Performance Index

See also: Pew Charitable Trusts' Elections Performance Index

Arkansas ranked 14th out of the 50 states and District of Columbia in the Pew Charitable Trusts' Elections Performance Index (EPI), based on the 2012 elections. The EPI examines election administration performance and assigns an average percentage score based on 17 indicators of election performance. These indicators were chosen in order to determine both the convenience and integrity of these three phases of an election: registration, voting and counting. Arkansas received an overall score of 69 percent.[58]

See also

References

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