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{{Arelecbanner14}}{{Aragtoc14}}{{tnr}}The '''Arkansas attorney general election''' will take place on [[State executive official elections, 2014|November 4, 2014]]. Incumbent [[Dustin McDaniel]] (D) is term-limited and unable to seek re-election.
 
{{Arelecbanner14}}{{Aragtoc14}}{{tnr}}The '''Arkansas attorney general election''' will take place on [[State executive official elections, 2014|November 4, 2014]]. Incumbent [[Dustin McDaniel]] (D) is term-limited and unable to seek re-election.
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The primary election was held on May 20, with a primary runoff election scheduled for '''June 10, 2014.'''
  
 
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Arkansas Attorney General Election

Primary Date
May 20, 2014

General Election Date:
November 4, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Dustin McDaniel Democratic Party
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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 attorney general election will take place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Dustin McDaniel (D) is term-limited and unable to seek re-election.

The primary election was held on May 20, with a primary runoff election scheduled for June 10, 2014.

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]

Candidates

General Election Candidates

Lost in the Primary Runoff

Lost in the Primary


Key Dates

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

Primary Election Results

  • Republican primary
Arkansas Attorney General, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Patricia Nation 13.7% 22,986
Green check mark transparent.pngLeslie Rutledge 47.2% 79,347
Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Sterling 39.1% 65,733
Total Votes 168,066
Election Results Via:Arkansas Secretary of State. Vote totals above are unofficial and reflect 100% precincts reporting.
  • Democratic primary - Uncontested

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In December 2013, Arkansas' attorney general race was given its second consecutive "toss-up" rating by Governing. In March 2013, the open seat - held by term limited Democrat Dustin McDaniel - was first rated as "vulnerable" to partisan switch in the 2014 elections based on predictions that McDaniel's personal issues would cause a substantial number of fed-up voters to reevaluate their usual choosing methods as well as the merits of electing a Republican attorney general next time around. Shortly before the March rating came out, McDaniel was exposed for philandering for the second time in his attorney general tenure. The scandal forced him to end a long-anticipated campaign for the governor's office, which is open in 2014 due to incumbent Gov. Mike Beebe having also reached his term limit.[10]

Five candidates - three Republican, one Democratic and one Libertarian - filed for the election to replace McDaniel. A primary was held on May 20 to decide which of the three Republican hopefuls would move on to the general election with the party's nomination. It was a close contest between the race's two Little Rock lawyers, Leslie Rutledge and David Sterling, neither of whom received a sufficient share of the vote to avoid a primary runoff election on June 10.

Rutledge and Sterling both ran on their legal resumes and previous efforts made on behalf of the Republican Party and its interests. Rutledge has claimed she is the more qualified candidate because she is “the only one with experience fighting crime, the only one with experience fighting the overreaching federal government.” Sterling, meanwhile, claims his federal court experience makes him the superior candidate, touting his ample courtroom experience. “The AG’s office is essentially Arkansas’ largest law firm, and I think that the voters want a serious and responsible and experienced attorney leading that law firm,” Sterling said.[11]

Rutledge ultimately defeated Sterling in the Republican primary runoff, earning over 58 percent of the vote.[12] She will face unopposed Democratic nominee Nate Steel and Libertarian Aaron Cash in the general election on November 4.


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

See also

External links

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References

  1. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  2. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  3. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  4. Leslie Rutledge, "Campaign website," accessed August 12, 2013
  5. Nate Steel Attorney General, "Campaign website," accessed August 12, 2013
  6. Arkansas Secretary of State, "2014 Preferential Primary Elections & Non Partisan General Election, Aaron Scott Cash," accessed March 3, 2014
  7. David Sterling Attorney General, "Campaign website," accessed August 12, 2013
  8. Lexington Herald-Leader, "Attorney announces for Arkansas attorney general," January 30, 2014
  9. Talkbusiness.net, "Tolbert: Nation Set To Announce For Attorney General," January 30, 2014
  10. Governing, "The 2013-2014 Attorneys General Races: Who's Vulnerable?," March 25, 2013
  11. Arkansas News, "GOP attorney general hopefuls to face off in Tuesday’s runoff election," June 7, 2014
  12. newsobserver.com, "Rutledge wins GOP nomination for attorney general," June 10, 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