Asa Hutchinson

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Asa Hutchinson
General electionNovember 4, 2014
Candidate for
Governor of Arkansas
Elections and appointments
Last electionMay 20, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House of Representatives
Undersecretary, Department of Homeland Security
Director, U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency
William Asa Hutchinson (b. December 3, 1950) is a principal in the Hutchinson Group, an organization that provides business consulting, which was founded in 2005.[1]

He is a Republican candidate for Governor of Arkansas in 2014.[2] He won the Republican nomination in the primary on May 20, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Hutchinson previously sought the office of governor in 2006, losing to Democrat Mike Beebe. Beebe went on to serve two terms as Arkansas Governor.


Hutchinson practiced law in Fort Smith, Arkansas for 21 years. In 1982, he became the youngest U.S. Attorney in the country when he was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to serve as a U.S. Attorney for the United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas. He made national headlines for his prosecution of a white supremacist organization.

Political career

Undersecretary, Department of Homeland Security (2003-2005)

Hutchinson served as the Undersecretary for Border and Transportation Security, Department of Homeland Security from 2003-2005. He was appointed to the position by President George W. Bush.

Director, U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (2001-2003)

Hutchinson resigned his seat in the U.S. House in 2001 to serve in the Bush Administration as head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.

U.S. House of Representatives (1996-2002)

He served in the U.S. Congress for three terms, from 1996-2002. He was elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Fifth Congress and to the two succeeding Congresses. He served until his resignation on August 6, 2001 (January 3, 1997-August 6, 2001).

Hutchinson was one of the managers appointed by the House of Representatives in 1998 to conduct the impeachment proceedings of President William Jefferson Clinton.

On The Issues Vote Match

Asa Hutchinson's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Hutchinson is a Moderate Conservative. Hutchinson received a score of 28 percent on social issues and 68 percent on economic issues.Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; refs with no content must have a name

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[3]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Opposes Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Opposes
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Favors
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Unknown
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Opposes
Support & expand free trade Strongly Favors Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Opposes
Prioritize green energy Strongly Opposes Expand the military Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Unknown Stay out of Iran Unknown
Privatize Social Security Favors Never legalize marijuana Strongly Favors
Note: Information last updated: June 23, 2014.[4]

Elections & Appointments


See also: Arkansas Gubernatorial election, 2014

Hutchinson is running for Governor of Arkansas in 2014 on January 4, 2013.[2] He won the Republican nomination in the primary election on May 20, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

  • 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.

Race background

Democratic incumbent Gov. Mike Beebe is ineligible for re-election in 2014 due to term limits, setting the stage for a highly competitive race. Over a year before the election, polling figures and ratings reports - from sources such as The Washington Post, Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball, Governing and Daily Kos - had already labeled Beebe's seat as a toss-up and cast Arkansas among the states most vulnerable to partisan switch in the 2014 gubernatorial election cycle.[5][6][7][8]

In June 2012, term-limited Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel (D) filed paperwork to start raising money for his 2014 gubernatorial campaign.[9] McDaniel had been considered the Democratic frontrunner, but revelations that he had engaged in extra-martial relations with a Hot Springs attorney, Andi Davis,[10] whom he met around his 2010 re-election, ultimately proved too significant a publicity threat to his campaign. He dropped out of the race on January 25, 2013, explaining in an e-mail to supporters, "I had hoped that I could shape the 2014 gubernatorial debate with my vision for the future. Unfortunately, I am now convinced that if I run for Governor, this campaign would be about me personally, rather than Arkansas's future."[11]

Despite announcing in December 2012 that he would not run for governor in 2014, former Congressman Mike Ross re-emerged as a potential candidate in the wake of McDaniel's exit from the race.[12][13][14] "Dustin McDaniel getting out of the race has left a huge void which clearly none of the other candidates are filling or I wouldn't be getting all these calls from every corner of the state...I'm humbled by that and I feel a sense of duty and responsibility to the people of this state to at least reconsider my decision and I'm doing that," Ross said at U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor's (D-AR) re-election fundraiser in March 2013.[15] Ross officially launched his campaign on April 17, 2013. The only other declared Democratic candidate at the time of his announcement, Lieutenant Governor Bill Halter, left the race in July when he found himself trailing Ross in fundraising and immediately threw his support behind Ross.[16]threw his support behind Ross upon his withdrawal from the race on July 29, 2013.[17]

Ross overtook Lynette "Doc" Bryant for the Democratic nomination in the May 20 primary election.[18] Former U.S. Rep. Asa Hutchinson defeated businessman Curtis Coleman in the Republican primary, earning the chance to win back office for their party.[16]

The Libertarian Party and the Green Party selected their candidates for governor by convention. Libertarian nominee Frank Gilbert and Green Party nominee Josh Drake will appear on the November 4 general election ballot with Ross and Hutchinson.[19][20][21]

Money in the race

On May 13, 2014, candidates were required to file pre-primary campaign finance reports detailing their fundraising and expenditures since April 1. Before winning their respective parties' nominations on May 20, Mike Ross (D) and Asa Hutchinson (R) both reported spending more than they took in over the previous month. Ross outraised Hutchinson $491,000 to $240,375, and Hutchinson outspent Ross by about $80,000. A large portion of each candidates' campaign expenditures went toward television advertisements. This was especially true for Hutchinson, who went $439,000 airing his ads across Arkansas-more than triple what Ross spent.[22]

Heading into the May 20 primaries, Ross reported having $2 million leftover, compared to Hutchinson's remaining balance of $904,000. Also on the GOP primary ballot is Curtis Coleman, who, unlike Ross' Democratic primary opponent Lynette Bryant, filed his campaign finance report by the May 13 deadline. Coleman raised $62,060 and spent $72,622 in April 2014, leaving him with $5,883 cash in hand.[23][22]

Campaign ads

In Asa Plan, Hutchinson lays out his "New Job's Plan for 2015 & Beyond" - Posted 4/28/14


Hutchinson vs. Ross, April 2014-present

Governor of Arkansas: Hutchinson vs. Ross
Poll Asa Hutchinson (R) Mike Ross (D)Don't knowMargin of ErrorSample Size
April 30-May 4, 2014
Rasmussen Reports
May 27-28, 2014
Public Policy Poll
August 1-3, 2014
AVERAGES 46.67% 40.33% 8.33% +/-3.3 897.33
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to

Hutchinson vs. Ross, February 2013-April 2014

Governor of Arkansas: Hutchinson vs. Ross
Poll Asa Hutchinson (R) Mike Ross (D)Don't knowMargin of ErrorSample Size
Talk Business/Hendrix College
February 20, 2013
Talk Business/Hendrix College Poll
October 8, 2013
Public Policy Polling/Americans United for Change
December 13-15, 2013
Rasmussen Reports
February 4-5, 2014
February 10, 2014
March 11-13, 2014
Hendrix College/Talk Business
April 3-4, 2014
Opinion Research Associates
April 1-8, 2014
New York Times/Kaiser Family Foundation Poll
April 8-15, 2014
Public Policy Poll
April 25-27, 2014
AVERAGES 42.4% 40.7% 15.6% +/-3.76 774.9
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to


See also: Arkansas gubernatorial election, 2006

A 2006 campaign ad from unsuccessful Republican candidate Asa Hutchinson

Hutchinson ran against Mike Beebe for the seat being vacated by incumbent Republican governor Mike Huckabee, who was unable to run for a third term as governor due to the state's gubernatorial term limits.

Minor party candidates Rod Bryan (Independent) and Jim Lendall (Green) were also in the race.

In the 2006 contest, Hutchison was outspent by his Democratic rival by a margin of nearly 2-1. Beebe spent $6,304,515, while Hutchison spent $3,247,567.[24]

2006 election for Governor of Arkansas[25]
Candidates Votes Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Mike Beebe (D) 430,765 55.61%
Asa Hutchinson (R) 315,040 40.67%
Rod Bryan (I) 15,767 2.04%
Jim Lendall (Green) 12,744 1.65%
Write Ins 334 0.05%
Total votes 774,680


Hutchinson was appointed undersecretary of border and transportation security for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security by President George W. Bush.


Hutchinson resigned his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2001 following his appointment by President Bush to serve as the Director of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.[2]


  • Hutchinson ran for U.S. Congress in 1996, defeating Democratic candidate Ann Henry. Henry, a close political ally of Bill and Hillary Clinton, outspent Hutchinson in the campaign. When his brother decided not to run for re-election to the House in order to seek the open U.S. Senate seat that year caused by the retirement of popular Democrat David Pryor, Asa Hutchinson ran for the seat and won. (His brother also won his campaign for Senate, and served for one term.)
  • Hutchinson was re-elected to the House in 1998 and 2000.


Hutchinson ran, unsuccessfully, for a seat in the United States Senate, representing Arkansas, in 1986.


Hutchinson ran, unsuccessfully, for the post of Attorney General of Arkansas in 1990, when he was 40 years old.


Hutchinson was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to be the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas when he was 31, in 1982.

See also

External links


  1. Website of The Hutchinson Group
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 The City Wire, "Asa Hutchinson will run for Governor in 2014," January 4, 2013
  3. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers.
  4. On The Issues, "Asa Hutchinson Vote Match," accessed June 23, 2014
  5. University of Virginia Center for Politics: Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2013-2014 Gubernatorial Races," April 29, 2013
  6. The Washington Post, "The Fix's top gubernatorial races," September 27, 2013
  7. Daily Kos, "Daily Kos Elections gubernatorial race ratings: Initial ratings for 2013-14," October 6, 2013
  8. Governing Politics, "2013-2014 Governor's Races: Who's Vulnerable?," December 12, 2012
  9. Arkansas News Bureau, "McDaniel raises $1 million for governor’s race," October 15, 2012
  10. Arkansas Times, "McDaniel admits 'inappropriate interaction' with Hot Springs lawyer," December 18, 2013
  11. Arkansas Times, "McDaniel officially announces he's out of governor's race," January 25, 2013
  12. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named arkbus
  13. Talk, "Stars aligning for Mike Ross to reconsider running for governor," December 20, 2012
  14., "Governor's race follow up," February 12, 2013
  15. The Associated Press - My San Antonio, "Analysis: Dem. race for Ark. gov. in '14 unsettled," March 24, 2013
  16. 16.0 16.1 Arkansas Business, "Bill Halter Quits Race for Governor to Avoid 'Divisive Primary'," July 29, 2013
  17. The Arkansas Times, "Mike Ross pitches for moderate vote in announcing for governor," April 17, 2013
  18. Arkansas Secretary of State, "2014 Preferential Primary Elections & Non Partisan General Election, Candidate Information: Lynette "Doc" Bryant," accessed March 3, 2014
  19. Times Record, Election 2014: Libertarian Frank Gilbert Announces Bid For Arkansas Governor, October 17, 2013
  20., "Libertarian Party holds annual state convention," February 22, 2014
  21. Independent Political Report, "The Green Party of Arkansas Announces Candidates for Governor and U S Senate," November 23, 2013
  22. 22.0 22.1 The Republic, "Democrat Mike Ross raises $491K in April for Arkansas governor bid, Hutchinson raises $240K," May 13, 2014
  23. Arkansas Online, "2014 Campaign Contributions, Governors Race," accessed May 15, 2014
  24. Follow The Money, Governor of Arkansas, 2006
  25. 2006 General Election Results