Arkansas Lieutenant Gubernatorial election, 2014

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Arkansas Lieutenant Gubernatorial Election
Primary Date:
May 20, 2014

General Election Date:
November 4, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Tim Griffin Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Office vacant
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Arkansas State Executive Elections
Top Ballot
GovernorLieutenant Governor
Secretary of StateAttorney General
Down Ballot
Treasurer, Auditor

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The Arkansas lieutenant gubernatorial election will take place on November 4, 2014. The seat is open due to the resignation of former officeholder Mark Darr (R) in January 2014.[1][2]

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.[3][4][5]


General election

Republican Party Tim Griffin - U.S. Rep. Green check mark transparent.png[6]
Democratic Party John Burkhalter - Former State Highway Commissioner[7][8]
Libertarian Party Chris Olson[9][10]

Lost in primary

Republican Party Debra Hobbs - State Rep.[11]
Republican Party Andy Mayberry - State Rep.[12]

Key Dates

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

Primary Election Results

  • 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

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.[13][14]

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.[15][16][17] 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.[18]

Additional reading

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  1. Arkansas: Lieutenant Governor Quitting Under Pressure," January 10, 2014
  2. Arkansas Times, "Arkansas Lt. Gov. Mark Darr to resign Feb. 1, cites politics, family," January 10, 2014
  3. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  4. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  5. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013, through January 3, 2014, researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  6. Roll Call, "Tim Griffin to run for Lt. Gov. in Arkansas," February 13, 2014
  7. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named ltgov14
  8. Arkansas Times, "John Burkhalter resigns from Highway Commission to focus on lieutenant governor race," October 4, 2013
  9. Christopher Olson for Lieutenant Governor Facebook Page, "Timeline," accessed February 27, 2014
  10., "Libertarian Party holds annual state convention," February 22, 2014
  11. Arkansas News, "Republican candidate switches to lieutenant governor’s race," February 12, 2014
  12. Andy Mayberry for Lieutenant Governor 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed February 13, 2014
  13. Arkansas Code, "Title 7, Section 1-101-21," accessed December 3, 2013
  14. 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
  15. Libertarian Party of Arkansas Website, "History of the Libertarian Party of Arkansas," accessed December 5, 2013
  16. Green Party of Arkansas Website, "Ballot Access," accessed December 5, 2013
  17. Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin, "New Political Party Petition--Green Party," November 6, 2013
  18. UALR Public Radio, "Poll: Ross, Hutchinson In Virtual Dead Heat In Governor’s Race," April 6, 2014