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Arkansas State Senate elections, 2012

Majority controlCampaign contributions
QualificationsTerm limitsImpact of Redistricting

State Legislative Election Results

List of candidates
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Arkansas State Senate2012 Arkansas House Elections
Elections for the office of Arkansas State Senate will be held in Arkansas on November 6, 2012. A total of 35 seats will be up for election.

The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was March 1, 2012. The primary election day was May 22, 2012.

Although Arkansas senators typically serve four-year terms, they are elected to a two-year term during the first election of the decade. Thus, rather than only half of all senators being up for election, all sitting members will be on the ballot in November.

Races have begun forming earlier than usual this year as Democrats attempt to reassert themselves after losing seats in both chambers in 2010. Republicans are also campaigning early in hopes of gaining control of the legislature.[1] Republicans may be hoping to capitalize on U.S. President Barack Obama's low approval ratings in Arkansas, while Democrats are likely planning to use their historical advantage in the state and focus on local issues. Control of the legislature will not decide which party is legally the "majority" party in the state, however; that status can only be claimed through winning a majority of the seven constitutional offices in the state, which will be decided again in 2014.[2]

See also: Arkansas House of Representatives elections, 2012 and State legislative elections, 2012

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 6 election, the Democratic Party holds the majority in the Arkansas State Senate:

Arkansas State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 20 14
     Republican Party 15 21
Total 35 35

Incumbents retiring

Name Party Current office
Gene Jeffress Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 25
Gilbert Baker Ends.png Republican Senate District 30
James Luker Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 17
Jerry Taylor Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 23
Jimmy Jeffress Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 24
Kim Hendren Ends.png Republican Senate District 9
Mary Salmon Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 31
Percy Malone Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 26
Randy Laverty Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 2
Ruth Whitaker Ends.png Republican Senate District 3
Sue Madison Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 7

Term limits

Mary Salmon has represented District 31 of the Arkansas State Senate since 2003.
See also State legislatures with term limits, and Impact of term limits on state senate elections in 2012

The Arkansas State Senate has been a term-limited state senate since Arkansas voters approved the Arkansas Term Limits Initiative in 1992 as an initiated constitutional amendment.

There are 35 Arkansas State Senators, all of whom will be up for re-election in November. In 2012, 10 of them who are current members, or 28.6% of the total senate seats, (7 Democratic state senators and 3 Republican state senators) will be ineligible to run for the senate again in November.

In addition to the 10 state senators who are leaving office because of Arkansas's term limits, 23 state representatives are also termed-out.

Democrats (7):

Republicans (3):

Impact of redistricting

Governor Mike Beebe's redistricting maps were approved 2-1 in August 2011. Democrats Beebe and Attorney General Dustin McDaniel voted yes, while Republican Secretary of State Mark Martin did not approve. Martin and others have criticized the maps' impacts on the representative districts of the Arkansas House of Representatives. Beebe's map reduces the number of districts with an African American majority from 13 to 11 and pits four pairs of incumbents against each other in 2012. Martin's map would have increased the number of districts with an African American majority to 15 and would have only paired 3 sets of incumbents in 2012. Senator Hank Wilkins defended the current maps, claiming "In order for us to keep three districts (in southeastern Arkansas), in essence the percentage of African-Americans would be so low that in my mind we would not really have majority-minority districts. "We'd have districts that, conceivably we could lose all three African-Americans (in the House), and I was not willing to take that chance."[3]

Redistricting has lesser impacts in the Arkansas State Senate, maintaining the current number of African American dominated districts at four. It also pairs no incumbents against each other in 2012.[3]

Campaign contributions

See also: State-by-state comparison of donations to state senate campaigns

This chart shows how many candidates ran for state senate in Arkansas in past years and the cumulative amount of campaign contributions in state senate races, including contributions in both primary and general election contests. All figures come from Follow The Money.[4]

Year Number of candidates Total contributions
2010 38 $3,771,126
2008 23 $2,251,735
2006 27 $1,546,556
2004 26 $1,250,204
2002 64 $2,693,862

In 2010, candidates running for senate raised a total of $3,771,126 in campaign funds. Their top 10 contributors were: [5]

Donor Amount
Greenberg, Daniel $185,638
Cowling, Ken $133,512
Arkansas Health Care Association $113,000
Medley, Jim $55,800
Stephens Group $51,250
Arkansas State Farm Insurance $39,500
Arkansas Realtors Association $38,500
Harrison, Barrett E $34,500
Morton, Michael S $29,000
Harrelson, Steve $28,500

Qualifications

Article 5, Section 4 of the Arkansas Constitution states: No person shall be a Senator or Representative who, at the time of his election, is not a citizen of the United States, nor any one who has not been for two years next preceding his election, a resident of this State, and for one year next preceding his election, a resident of the county or district whence he may be chosen. Senators shall be at least twenty-five years of age, and Representatives at least twenty-one years of age.

List of candidates

Note: Candidate lists can change frequently throughout the election season. Ballotpedia staff will be re-examining the list on a monthly basis for any changes. This list was last examined on July 3, 2012. For more information about Ballotpedia's election coverage plan, click here. If you are aware of a candidate we've missed or one incorrectly listed, please send an email to: Tyler King.

District 1

Incumbent Republican Johnny Key is running for re-election in District 17.

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

District 2

Incumbent Democrat Randy Laverty was ineligible to run for re-election due to term limits.

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

District 3

Incumbent Republican Ruth Whitaker was ineligible to run for re-election due to term limits.

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:
  • Cecile Bledsoe Approveda - Incumbent Bledsoe was first elected to Senate District 8 in 2008.

November 6 General election candidates:

District 4

Incumbent Republican Michael Lamoureux is running for re-election in District 16.

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
  • Uvalde Lindsey Approveda - Lindsey was first elected to House District 88 in 2008.
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

District 5

Incumbent Democrat Stephanie Flowers is running for re-election in District 25.

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

District 6

Incumbent Republican Bruce Holland is running for re-election in District 9.

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

District 7

Incumbent Democrat Sue Madison was ineligible to run for re-election due to term limits.

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:
  • Bill Pritchard - Incumbent Pritchard was first elected to Senate District 35 in 2006.
  • Jon Woods Approveda - Woods was first elected to House District 93 in 2006.

November 6 General election candidates:

District 8

Incumbent Republican Cecile Bledsoe is running for re-election in District 3.

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:
  • Jake C. Files Approveda - Incumbent Files was first elected to Senate District 13 in 2010.

November 6 General election candidates:

District 9

Incumbent Republican Kim Hendren was ineligible to run for re-election due to term limits.

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
  • Tracy Pennartz Approveda - Pennartz was first elected to House District 65 in 2006.
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

District 10

Incumbent Republican Missy Thomas Irvin is running for re-election in District 18.

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
  • Larry Teague Approveda - Incumbent Teague was first elected to Senate District 20 in 2008.
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

District 11

Incumbent Democrat Robert Thompson is running for re-election in District 20.

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
  • Larry Cowling - Cowling was first elected to House District 2 in 2006.
  • Steve Harrelson Approveda - Incumbent Harrelson was first elected to Senate District 21 in 2010.
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

District 12

Incumbent Democrat David Wyatt is running for re-election in District 19.

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

District 13

Incumbent Republican Jake C. Files is running for re-election in District 8.

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
  • Mike Fletcher Approveda - Incumbent Fletcher was first elected to Senate District 27 in 2010.
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:
Libertarian Party May 22 Libertarian primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

District 14

Incumbent Democrat Paul Bookout is running for re-election in District 21.

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:
  • Bill Sample Approveda - Incumbent Sample was first elected to Senate District 19 in 2010.

November 6 General election candidates:

District 15

Incumbent Democrat David Burnett is running for re-election in District 22.

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:
  • Ed Garner - Garner was first elected to House District 41 in 2006.
  • David J. Sanders Approveda- Sanders was first elected to House District 31 in 2010.

November 6 General election candidates:

District 16

Incumbent Democrat Jack Crumbly is running for re-election in District 24.

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:
  • Michael Lamoureux Approveda - Incumbent Lamoureux was first elected to Senate District 4 in 2009.

November 6 General election candidates:

District 17

Incumbent Democrat James Luker was ineligible to run for re-election due to term limits.

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:
  • Johnny Key Approveda - Incumbent Key was first elected to Senate District 1 in 2008.

November 6 General election candidates:

District 18

Incumbent Republican Jason Rapert is running for re-election in District 35.

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:
Independent May 22 Independent primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

District 19

Incumbent Republican Bill Sample is running for re-election in District 14.

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
  • David Wyatt Approveda- Incumbent Wyatt was first elected to Senate District 12 in 2008.
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

District 20

Incumbent Democrat Larry Teague is running for re-election in District 10.

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
  • Robert Thompson Approveda - Incumbent Thompson was first elected to Senate District 11 in 2006.
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

District 21

Incumbent Democrat Steve Harrelson is running for re-election in District 11.

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
  • Paul Bookout Approveda - Incumbent Bookout was first elected to Senate District 14 in 2006.
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

District 22

Incumbent Republican Jeremy Hutchinson is running for re-election in District 33.

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
  • David Burnett Approveda - Incumbent Burnett was first elected to Senate District 15 in 2010.
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

District 23

Incumbent Democrat Jerry Taylor is not seeking re-election in 2012.

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
  • Jerry Brown Approveda - Brown was first elected to House District 57 in 2006.
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Note: Tommy Caubble passed away in early July. The Republican Party will choose a replacement nominee by special convention.[6]

District 24

Incumbent Democrat Jimmy Jeffress was ineligible to run for re-election due to term limits.

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
  • Jack Crumbly - Incumbent Crumbly was first elected to Senate District 16 in 2006.
  • Keith Ingram Approveda - Ingram was first elected to House District 53 in 2008.
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

District 25

Incumbent Democrat Gene Jeffress was ineligible to run for re-election due to term limits and is instead running for U.S. Congress.

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
  • Efrem Elliott - Elliott was first elected to House District 11 in 2010.
  • Stephanie Flowers Approveda - Incumbent Flowers was first elected to Senate District 5 in 2010.
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Libertarian Party Libertarian candidate:

November 6 General election candidates:

District 26

Incumbent Democrat Percy Malone was ineligible to run for re-election due to term limits.

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary runoff:
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

District 27

Incumbent Democrat Mike Fletcher is running for re-election in District 13.

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
  • Bobby Pierce Approveda - Pierce was first elected to House District 19 in 2006.
  • Garry Smith - Smith was first elected to House District 7 in 2008.
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

District 28

Incumbent Republican Eddie Joe Williams is running for re-election in District 29.

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
  • Tiffany Rogers Approveda - Rogers was first elected to House District 14 in 2008.
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:
  • Jonathan Dismang Approveda - Incumbent Dismang was first elected to Senate District 29 in 2010.

November 6 General election candidates:

District 29

Incumbent Republican Jonathan Dismang is running for re-election in District 28.

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:
  • Eddie Joe Williams Approveda - Incumbent Williams was first elected to Senate District 28 in 2010.

November 6 General election candidates:

District 30

Incumbent Republican Gilbert Baker was ineligible to run for re-election due to term limits.

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

District 31

Incumbent Democrat Mary Salmon was ineligible to run for re-election due to term limits.

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
  • Joyce Elliott Approveda - Incumbent Elliott was first elected to Senate District 33 in 2008.
  • Fred Allen - Allen was first elected to House District 33 in 2006.
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Libertarian Party May 22 Libertarian primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

District 32

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

District 33

Incumbent Democrat Joyce Elliott is running for re-election in District 31.

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:
  • Jeremy Hutchinson Approveda - Incumbent Hutchinson was first elected to Senate District 22 in 2010.

November 6 General election candidates:

District 34

Incumbent Democrat Linda Pondexter Chesterfield is running for re-election in District 30.

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
  • Barry Hyde Approveda - Hyde was first elected to House District 40 in 2006.
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:
  • Jane English Approveda - English was first elected to House District 42 in 2008.

November 6 General election candidates:

District 35

Incumbent Republican Bill Pritchard is running for re-election in District 7.

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
  • Linda Tyler Approveda - Tyler was first elected to House District 45 in 2008.
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:
  • Jason Rapert Approveda - Incumbent Rapert was first elected to Senate District 18 in 2010.

November 6 General election candidates:

See also

References