Arkansas lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2010

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The Arkansas lieutenant gubernatorial election of 2010 was held on November 2, 2010 following a primary election on May 18.[1] The deadline for submitting nominating signatures was April 18, 2010. Republican Mark Darr edged out Shane Broadway and was sworn into office with the state's re-elected incumbent, Democrat Mike Beebe.

The Arkansas' Lt. Governor's seat came open following incumbent William A. "Bill" Halter's, announcement that he would run for the U.S. Senate. Republican Mark Darr won his primary to face Democrat Shane Broadway, who had no primary opposition.

Arkansas is one of 17 states where the governor and the lieutenant are elected on separate tickets.

The Democrats had only one candidate, state Senator Shane Broadway, for the office and so held no primary. The GOP held its primary on May 18, 2010 and chose Mark Darr to face Mr. Broadway.

The November Ballot – Who Made It? Arkansas Lieutenant Governor
Nominee Affiliation
Shane Broadway[2] Democrat
Mark Darr[3] Republican
This lists candidates who won their state's primary or convention, or who were unopposed, and were officially certified for the November ballot by their state's election authority.

November 2, 2010 general election results

Arkansas elects its lieutenant governor separately from its governor.

As of November 29, 2010 at the close of business, all precincts had reported and were certified.[4][5]

Under §7-5-701 (a)(2)(A), the report of the County Board of Commissioners to the State Board of Elections was due November 23, 2010. November 25, 2010 was earliest day for the official canvass of votes to be certified, under §7-5-701 (a)(1).[6]

Arkansas Lieutenant Governor, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Shane Broadway 48.9% 373,591
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMark Darr 51.1% 389,690
Total Votes 763,281
Election Results via Arkansas Secretary of State

Inauguration and transition

Inaugural date

Lieutenant Governor-elect Mark Darr took the oath of office on January 10, 2011. He replaced outgoing Democrat Bill Halter, who declined to seek re-election in favor of an ultimately unsuccessful U.S. Senate bid.


Darr did not announced an official transition website or a transition team. His election represented a change of party and he became part of a split ticket as re-elected incumbent Governor Mike Beebe is a Democrat.



  • Shane Broadway, serving his sophomore term in the state Senate, prior to which he spent three terms in the House.


  • Donnie Copeland, an Apostolic Church pastor
  • Mark Darr, a business owner

May 18, 2010 primary

2010 Race for Lieutenant Governor - Republican Primary[7]
Candidates Percentage
Donnie Copeland (R) 48.07%
Green check mark.jpg Mark Darr (R) 51.93%
Total votes 19,993

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