Arkansas state executive official elections, 2014

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Seven state executive positions were up for election in 2014 in the state of Arkansas. The general election took place on November 4, 2014, following a primary on May 20 and a runoff where necessary on June 10.

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 were elected in 2014 in Arkansas:

In addition to candidate lists and election results, this page includes information about important dates, how the state's executive branch is organized, as well as links to articles about recent news in races across the state.

Partisan breakdown

Heading into the November 4 election, the Democratic Party held four of the seven state executive seats up for election in 2014 in Arkansas.

Arkansas State Executives -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 4, 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 4 0
     Republican Party 2 7
     Vacant 1 0
Total 7 7
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Governor

  • Republican primary
Governor of Arkansas, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAsa Hutchinson 73% 130,752
Curtis Coleman 27% 48,473
Total Votes 179,225
Election Results via Arkansas Secretary of State.
  • Democratic primary
Governor of Arkansas, Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMike Ross 84.4% 129,437
Lynette Bryant 15.6% 23,906
Total Votes 153,343
Election Results via Arkansas Secretary of State.

Lieutenant Governor

  • Republican primary
Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTim Griffin 63.4% 109,851
Andy Mayberry 20.6% 35,703
Debra Hobbs 16% 27,803
Total Votes 173,357
Election Results via Arkansas Secretary of State.


  • 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% 43,898
David Sterling 41.1% 30,643
Total Votes 74,541
Election Results via Arkansas Secretary of State.
  • Republican primary
Arkansas Attorney General, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngLeslie Rutledge 47.2% 79,347
Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Sterling 39.1% 65,733
Patricia Nation 13.7% 22,986
Total Votes 168,066
Election Results via Arkansas Secretary of State.


  • Democratic primary - Uncontested

Secretary of State

  • Republican primary - Uncontested
  • Democratic primary - Uncontested

Treasurer

  • Republican primary
Arkansas Treasurer, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDennis Milligan 53.5% 86,994
Duncan Baird 46.5% 75,673
Total Votes 162,667
Election Results via Arkansas Secretary of State.
  • Democratic primary - Uncontested

Auditor

  • Republican primary
Arkansas Auditor, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAndrea Lea 68.2% 111,998
Ken Yang 31.8% 52,293
Total Votes 164,291
Election Results via Arkansas Secretary of State.


  • Democratic primary - Uncontested

Land Commissioner

  • Republican primary - Uncontested
  • Democratic primary - Uncontested

The general election took place November 4, 2014.

Governor

Governor of Arkansas, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAsa Hutchinson 55.4% 470,429
     Democratic Mike Ross 41.5% 352,115
     Libertarian Frank Gilbert 1.9% 16,319
     Green Josh Drake 1.1% 9,729
Total Votes 848,592
Election Results via Arkansas Secretary of State.

Lieutenant Governor

Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTim Griffin 57.2% 479,673
     Democratic John Burkhalter 38.6% 324,260
     Libertarian Chris Olson 4.2% 35,257
Total Votes 839,190
Election Results via Arkansas Secretary of State.

Attorney General

Attorney General of Arkansas, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLeslie Rutledge 51.6% 430,799
     Democratic Nate Steel 43.2% 360,680
     Libertarian Aaron Cash 5.2% 43,245
Total Votes 834,724
Election Results via Arkansas Secretary of State.

Secretary of State

Secretary of State of Arkansas, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMark Martin Incumbent 60.6% 506,384
     Democratic Susan Inman 35.1% 292,878
     Libertarian Jacob Holloway 4.3% 36,159
Total Votes 835,421
Election Results via Arkansas Secretary of State.

Treasurer

Treasurer of Arkansas, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDennis Milligan 56.4% 466,959
     Democratic Karen Sealy Garcia 37.3% 308,663
     Libertarian Chris Hayes 6.4% 52,640
Total Votes 828,262
Election Results via Arkansas Secretary of State.

Auditor

Arkansas Auditor, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAndrea Lea 57.2% 471,211
     Democratic Regina Stewart Hampton 37.4% 308,285
     Libertarian Brian Leach 5.4% 44,702
Total Votes 824,198
Election Results via Arkansas Secretary of State.

Land Commissioner

Arkansas Commissioner of State Lands, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Thurston Incumbent 57.2% 471,848
     Democratic Mark Robertson 36.6% 302,048
     Libertarian Elvis D. Presley 6.2% 51,518
Total Votes 825,414
Election Results via Arkansas Secretary of State.

Voter turnout

Political scientist Michael McDonald's United States Elections Project studied voter turnout in the 2014 election by looking at the percentage of eligible voters who headed to the polls. McDonald used voting-eligible population (VEP), or the number of eligible voters independent of their current registration status, to calculate turnout rates in each state on November 4. He also incorporated ballots cast for the highest office in each state into his calculation. He estimated that 81,687,059 ballots were cast in the 50 states plus the District of Columbia, representing 35.9 percent of the VEP.[6] By comparison, 61.6 percent of VEP voted in the 2008 presidential election and 58.2 percent of VEP voted in the 2012 presidential election.[7]

Quick facts

  • According to PBS Newshour, voter turnout in the 2014 midterms was the lowest since the 1942 midterms, which took place during the nation's involvement in World War II.[8]
  • Forty-three states and the District of Columbia failed to surpass 50 percent turnout in McDonald's analysis.
  • The three states with the lowest turnout according to McDonald's analysis were Texas (28.3 percent), Tennessee (28.6 percent) and Indiana (28.8 percent).
  • Maine (58.5 percent), Wisconsin (56.5 percent) and Colorado (54.5 percent) were the three states with the highest turnout.
  • There were only 12 states that increased voter turnout in 2014 compared to the 2010 midterm elections.[9]
Voter turnout rates, 2014
State Total votes counted  % voter eligible population Top statewide office up for election Size of lead (Raw votes) Size of lead (%)
Alabama 1,191,274 33.2 Governor 320,319 27.2
Alaska 285,431 54.4 Governor 4,004 1.6
Arizona 1,537,671 34.1 Governor 143,951 12.5
Arkansas 852,642 40.1 Governor 118,664 14
California 7,513,972 30.8 Governor 1,065,748 17.8
Colorado 2,080,071 54.5 Governor 50,395 2.4
Connecticut 1,096,509 42.5 Governor 26,603 2.5
Delaware 234,038 34.4 Attorney General 31,155 13.6
District of Columbia 177,176 35.8 Mayor 27,934 19
Florida 6,026,802 43.3 Governor 66,127 1.1
Georgia 2,596,947 38.5 Governor 202,685 8
Hawaii 369,554 36.5 Governor 45,323 12.4
Idaho 445,307 39.6 Governor 65,852 14.9
Illinois 3,680,417 40.9 Governor 171,900 4.9
Indiana 1,387,622 28.8 Secretary of State 234,978 17.8
Iowa 1,142,284 50.2 Governor 245,548 21.8
Kansas 887,023 43.4 Governor 33,052 3.9
Kentucky 1,435,868 44 U.S. Senate 222,096 15.5
Louisiana 1,472,039 43.8 U.S. Senate 16,401 1.1
Maine 616,996 58.5 Governor 29,820 4.9
Maryland 1,733,177 41.5 Governor 88,648 6.1
Massachusetts 2,186,789 44.6 Governor 40,361 1.9
Michigan 3,188,956 43.2 Governor 129,547 4.3
Minnesota 1,992,613 50.5 Governor 109,776 5.6
Mississippi 631,858 28.9 U.S. Senate 141,234 33
Missouri 1,426,303 31.8 Auditor 684,074 53.6
Montana 373,831 47.3 U.S. Senate 65,262 17.9
Nebraska 552,115 41.5 Governor 97,678 18.7
Nevada 547,349 29 Governor 255,793 46.7
New Hampshire 495,565 48.4 Governor 24,924 5.2
New Jersey 1,955,042 32.5 N/A N/A N/A
New Mexico 512,805 35.7 Governor 73,868 14.6
New York 3,930,310 29 Governor 476,252 13.4
North Carolina 2,939,767 41.2 U.S. Senate 48,511 1.7
North Dakota 255,128 45 U.S. House At-large seat 42,214 17.1
Ohio 3,149,876 36.2 Governor 933,235 30.9
Oklahoma 824,831 29.8 Governor 122,060 14.7
Oregon 1,541,782 53.5 Governor 59,029 4.5
Pennsylvania 3,495,866 36 Governor 339,261 9.8
Rhode Island 329,212 42.2 Governor 14,346 4.5
South Carolina 1,261,611 35.2 Governor 179,089 14.6
South Dakota 282,291 44.9 Governor 124,865 45.1
Tennessee 1,374,065 28.6 Governor 642,214 47.5
Texas 4,727,208 28.3 Governor 957,973 20.4
Utah 577,973 30.2 Attorney General 173,819 35.2
Vermont 193,087 38.8 Governor 2,095 1.1
Virginia 2,194,346 36.6 U.S. Senate 16,727 0.8
Washington 2,123,901 43.1 N/A N/A N/A
West Virginia 451,498 31.2 U.S. Senate 124,667 27.6
Wisconsin 2,410,314 56.5 Governor 137,607 5.7
Wyoming 168,390 39.3 Governor 52,703 33.6
United States 81,687,059 35.9

Note: Information from the United States Elections Project was last updated on December 16, 2014.

Key deadlines

Deadline Event
March 3, 2014 Candidate filing deadline
May 20, 2014 Primary election
June 10, 2014 Primary runoff election
November 4, 2014 General election
November 19, 2014 Deadline for the county board of election commissioners to certify election results
January 13, 2015 Inauguration day for state executive officials in general election

State executive organization

Executive officials in Arkansas are part of a three-pronged government structure that includes state legislators and state judges. The following chart details the relationship among different branches of Arkansas's state government:

Arkansas exec org chart.png

Ballotpedia reports

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