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. The general election will take 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 will be 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 holds four of the seven state executive seats up for election in 2014 in Arkansas.

Arkansas State Executives -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of September 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 4 Pending
     Republican Party 2 Pending
Total 61 vacant 7
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Jump to office:

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
Lynette Bryant 15.6% 23,906
Green check mark transparent.pngMike Ross 84.4% 129,437
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
Debra Hobbs 16% 27,803
Andy Mayberry 20.6% 35,703
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

Key deadlines

Deadline Event
March 3 Candidate filing deadline
May 20 Primary election
June 10 Primary runoff election
November 4 General election
November 19 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

Ballot access for political parties

See also: Ballot access requirements for political candidates in Arkansas

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.[6][7]

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.[8][9][10] 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.[11]


Ballotpedia reports

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