Arkansas state executive official elections, 2014

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

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.[1][2][3]

The following offices will be elected in 2014 in Arkansas:

Key Dates

Deadline Event
March 3 Candidate filing deadline
May 20 Primary election
June 10 Primary runoff election
November 4 General election

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.[4][5]

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.[6][7][8] 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.

According to an April 2014 poll, the likelihood of the Libertarian and Green parties to maintain their status in the state may depend on who the Democratic and Republican parties run in the gubernatorial election. If front-runners Republican Asa Hutchinson and Democrat Mike Ross are the candidates, three percent of those polled said they would vote for the Libertarian candidate and two percent said they would vote for the Green Party candidate. If instead Democrat Lynette Bryant ran against Hutchinson, those likely to vote for the Libertarian candidate remained the same while those likely to vote for the Green Party candidate rose to 4.5 percent. If Republican Curtis Coleman ran against Ross, those polled were more likely to vote for both the Libertarian and Green Party candidates when compared to having both front-runners on the ballot. The Libertarian candidate polled four percent and the Green Party candidate polled three percent.[9]


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Governor

General Election Candidates

Lost in the Primary

Lieutenant governor

General Election Candidates

Lost in Primary


Attorney General

General Election Candidates

Lost in the Primary Runoff

Lost in the Primary

Secretary of State

Down ballot offices

Treasurer

General Election Candidates

Democratic Party Karen Sealy Garcia[35]
Republican Party Dennis Milligan - Saline County Circuit Clerk[36]
Libertarian Party Chris Hayes[37]

Lost in the Primary

Republican Party Duncan Baird - District 96 Representative in the Arkansas House of Representatives[36]

Auditor

General Election Candidates

Democratic Party Regina Stewart Hampton - State Auditor's Office Employee in the Unclaimed Property Division[38]
Republican Party Andrea Lea - District 71 Representative in the Arkansas House of Representatives[39]
Libertarian Party Brian Leach[40]

Lost in the Primary

Republican Party Ken Yang - former campaign manager for Mark Martin's election to Arkansas Secretary of State[39]

Commissioner of State Lands

General Election Candidates

Republican Party John Thurston - Incumbent[41]
Democratic Party Mark Robertson[42]
Libertarian Party Elvis D. Presley - Elvis Presley impersonator and auto-mechanic[41]

Governor

  • Republican primary
Governor of Arkansas, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Curtis Coleman 27.1% 48,167
Green check mark transparent.pngAsa Hutchinson 72.9% 129,852
Total Votes 178,019
Election Results Via:Arkansas Secretary of State. Vote totals above are unofficial and reflect 100% precincts reporting.
  • Democratic primary
Governor of Arkansas, Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Lynette Bryant 15.4% 23,177
Green check mark transparent.pngMike Ross 84.6% 127,084
Total Votes 150,261
Election Results Via:Arkansas Secretary of State. Vote totals above are unofficial and reflect 100% precincts reporting.

Lt. Governor

  • Republican primary
Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTim Griffin 63.4% 109,219
Debra Hobbs 16% 27,516
Andy Mayberry 20.6% 35,491
Total Votes 172,226
Election Results Via:Arkansas Secretary of State. Vote totals above are unofficial and reflect 100% precincts reporting.


  • Democratic primary - Uncontested

Attorney General

  • 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.


  • Democratic primary - Uncontested

Secretary of State

  • Republican primary - Uncontested
  • Democratic primary - Uncontested

Treasurer

  • Republican primary
Arkansas Treasurer, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Duncan Baird 46.5% 75,142
Green check mark transparent.pngDennis Milligan 53.5% 86,443
Total Votes 161,585
Election Results Via:Arkansas Secretary of State. Vote totals above are unofficial and reflect 100% precincts reporting.
  • Democratic primary - Uncontested

Auditor

  • Republican primary
Arkansas Auditor, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAndrea Lea 68.2% 111,250
Ken Yang 31.8% 51,956
Total Votes 163,206
Election Results Via:Arkansas Secretary of State. Vote totals above are unofficial and reflect 100% precincts reporting.


  • Democratic primary - Uncontested

Land Commissioner

  • Republican primary - Uncontested
  • Democratic primary - Uncontested

The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

See also

Arkansas

References

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  2. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  3. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  4. Arkansas Code, "Title 7, Section 1-101-21," accessed December 3, 2013
  5. Arkansas House Bill 2036, "An Act To Amend the Law Concerning Certain Procedural Dates In Election; To Amend the Law Concerning Certain Petitions; And For Other Purposes," Approved April 18, 2013
  6. Libertarian Party of Arkansas Website, "History of the Libertarian Party of Arkansas," accessed December 5, 2013
  7. Green Party of Arkansas Website, "Ballot Access," accessed December 5, 2013
  8. Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin, "New Political Party Petition--Green Party," November 6, 2013
  9. UALR Public Radio, "Poll: Ross, Hutchinson In Virtual Dead Heat In Governor’s Race," April 6, 2014
  10. thecitywire.com, "Arkansas’ Charlie Daniels to retire from politics," May 6, 2013
  11. Arkansas News Bureau, "Elvis Presley files for Arkansas Land Commissioner," February 27, 2014
  12. Arkansasonline.com, "Governor's race follow up," February 12, 2013
  13. The Arkansas Times, "Mike Ross pitches for moderate vote in announcing for governor," April 17, 2013
  14. The City Wire, "Asa Hutchinson will run for Governor in 2014," January 4, 2013
  15. Times Record, Election 2014: Libertarian Frank Gilbert Announces Bid For Arkansas Governor, October 17, 2013
  16. thv11.com, "Libertarian Party holds annual state convention," February 22, 2014
  17. Independent Political Report, "The Green Party of Arkansas Announces Candidates for Governor and U S Senate," November 23, 2013
  18. Coleman for Arkansas, "Home," accessed April 8, 2013
  19. Arkansas Secretary of State, "2014 Preferential Primary Elections & Non Partisan General Election, Candidate Information: Lynette "Doc" Bryant," accessed March 3, 2014
  20. Roll Call, "Tim Griffin to run for Lt. Gov. in Arkansas," February 13, 2014
  21. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named ltgov14
  22. Arkansas Times, "John Burkhalter resigns from Highway Commission to focus on lieutenant governor race," October 4, 2013
  23. Christopher Olson for Lieutenant Governor Facebook Page, "Timeline," accessed February 27, 2014
  24. thv11.com, "Libertarian Party holds annual state convention," February 22, 2014
  25. Arkansas News, "Republican candidate switches to lieutenant governor’s race," February 12, 2014
  26. Andy Mayberry for Lieutenant Governor 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed February 13, 2014
  27. Leslie Rutledge, "Campaign website," accessed August 12, 2013
  28. Nate Steel Attorney General, "Campaign website," accessed August 12, 2013
  29. Arkansas Secretary of State, "2014 Preferential Primary Elections & Non Partisan General Election, Aaron Scott Cash," accessed March 3, 2014
  30. David Sterling Attorney General, "Campaign website," accessed August 12, 2013
  31. Lexington Herald-Leader, "Attorney announces for Arkansas attorney general," January 30, 2014
  32. Talkbusiness.net, "Tolbert: Nation Set To Announce For Attorney General," January 30, 2014
  33. Arkansas News, "Democrat announces for secretary of state," May 9, 2013, accessed August 12, 2013
  34. Arkansas Secretary of State, "2014 Preferential Primary Elections & Non Partisan General Election, Candidate Information: Jacob D. Holloway," accessed March 3, 2014
  35. Arkansas Secretary of State, "2014 Preferential Primary Elections & Non Partisan General Election, Candidate Information: Karen Sealy Garcia," accessed March 3, 2014
  36. 36.0 36.1 Arkansas Times, "Rep. Duncan Baird announces for state treasurer," July 31, 2013, accessed August 12, 2013
  37. Arkansas Secretary of State, "2014 Preferential Primary Elections & Non Partisan General Election, Candidate Information: Chris Hayes," accessed March 3, 2014
  38. Talk Business Arkansas, "Regina Hampton To Seek State Auditor’s Post," July 7, 2013, accessed August 12, 2013
  39. 39.0 39.1 Times Record, "State Representative Announces As Candidate For Arkansas Auditor," July 2, 2013, accessed August 12, 2013
  40. Arkansas Secretary of State, "2014 Preferential Primary Elections & Non Partisan General Election, Candidate Information: Brian Leach," accessed March 3, 2014
  41. 41.0 41.1 Arkansas News Bureau, "Elvis Presley files for Arkansas Land Commissioner," February 27, 2014
  42. Arkansas Secretary of State, "2014 Preferential Primary Elections & Non Partisan General Election, Candidate Information: Mark A. Robertson," accessed March 3, 2014