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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 were held in Arkansas on November 6, 2012. A total of 35 seats were 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 were on the ballot in November.

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 held 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 represented District 31 of the Arkansas State Senate from 2003 until 2013. She was ineligible to run for re-election in 2012.
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 were up for re-election in November. In 2012, 10 of them who were current members, or 28.6% of the total senate seats, (7 Democratic state senators and 3 Republican state senators) were ineligible to run for the senate again in November.

In addition to the 10 state senators who left office because of Arkansas's term limits, 23 state representatives were 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."[1]

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.[1]

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.[2]

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: [3]

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

District 1

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

November 6 General election candidates:

District 2

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

November 6 General election candidates:

District 3

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

November 6 General election candidates:

District 4

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

November 6 General election candidates:

District 5

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

November 6 General election candidates:

District 6

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

November 6 General election candidates:

District 7

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

November 6 General election candidates:

District 8

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:
  • Jake C. Files Approveda - Incumbent Files first assumed office in 2011.

November 6 General election candidates:

District 9

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

November 6 General election candidates:

District 10

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
  • Larry Teague Approveda - Incumbent Teague first assumed office in 2009.
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

District 11

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

November 6 General election candidates:

District 12

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

November 6 General election candidates:

District 13

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
  • Mike Fletcher Approveda - Incumbent Fletcher first assumed office in 2011.
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:
Libertarian Party May 22 Libertarian primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

District 14

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:
  • Bill Sample Approveda - Incumbent Sample first assumed office in 2011.

November 6 General election candidates:

District 15

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

November 6 General election candidates:

District 16

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

November 6 General election candidates:

District 17

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:
  • Johnny Key Approveda - Incumbent Key first assumed office in 2009.

November 6 General election candidates:

District 18

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

November 6 General election candidates:

District 19

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
  • David Wyatt Approveda Incumbent Wyatt first assumed office in 2009.
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:

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District 20

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

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District 21

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
  • Paul Bookout Approveda - Incumbent Bookout first assumed office in 2007.
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

District 22

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
  • David Burnett Approveda - Incumbent Burnett first assumed office in 2011.
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

District 23

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

November 6 General election candidates:

Note: Tommy Caubble passed away in early July. The Republican Party chose Caldwell to run in his place.[4]

District 24

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

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District 25

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

November 6 General election candidates:

District 26

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

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District 27

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

November 6 General election candidates:

District 28

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

November 6 General election candidates:

District 29

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

November 6 General election candidates:

District 30

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

November 6 General election candidates:

District 31

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
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:
  • David Johnson Approveda - Incumbent Johnson first assumed office in 2009.
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

District 33

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

November 6 General election candidates:

District 34

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

November 6 General election candidates:

District 35

Democratic Party May 22 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 22 GOP primary:
  • Jason Rapert Approveda - Incumbent Rapert first assumed office in 2011.

November 6 General election candidates:

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