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In 2012, both the [[Libertarian Party|Libertarian]] and [[Green Party|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.<ref>[http://lpar.org/about-the-lpar/history-of-the-arkansas-libertarian-party/ ''Libertarian Party of Arkansas Website'', "History of the Libertarian Party of Arkansas," accessed December 5, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://www.greenpartyofarkansas.org/candidates/ballot-access/ ''Green Party of Arkansas Website'', "Ballot Access," accessed December 5, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://www.arktimes.com/media/pdf/jenkins-11062013.pdf ''Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin'', "New Political Party Petition--Green Party," November 6, 2013]</ref> In order to maintain their status as political parties without needing to petition for the 2016 elections, their candidates for [[Arkansas gubernatorial election, 2014|governor]] must receive at least three percent of the vote.<ref>[http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/poll-ross-hutchinson-virtual-dead-heat-governor-s-race ''UALR Public Radio'', "Poll: Ross, Hutchinson In Virtual Dead Heat In Governor’s Race," April 6, 2014]</ref>
 
In 2012, both the [[Libertarian Party|Libertarian]] and [[Green Party|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.<ref>[http://lpar.org/about-the-lpar/history-of-the-arkansas-libertarian-party/ ''Libertarian Party of Arkansas Website'', "History of the Libertarian Party of Arkansas," accessed December 5, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://www.greenpartyofarkansas.org/candidates/ballot-access/ ''Green Party of Arkansas Website'', "Ballot Access," accessed December 5, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://www.arktimes.com/media/pdf/jenkins-11062013.pdf ''Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin'', "New Political Party Petition--Green Party," November 6, 2013]</ref> In order to maintain their status as political parties without needing to petition for the 2016 elections, their candidates for [[Arkansas gubernatorial election, 2014|governor]] must receive at least three percent of the vote.<ref>[http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/poll-ross-hutchinson-virtual-dead-heat-governor-s-race ''UALR Public Radio'', "Poll: Ross, Hutchinson In Virtual Dead Heat In Governor’s Race," April 6, 2014]</ref>
 
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==Race background==
A March 2013 report released by ''Governing'' named Arkansas' attorney general seat as "vulnerable" to partisan switch heading into the 2014 elections. The rating arose from concerns that [[Democratic]] incumbent [[Dustin McDaniel]]'s recent personal issues -- he was forced to end his long-anticipated gubernatorial plans after being exposed twice for philandering -- has sufficiently alienated voters against McDaniel, toward electing a [[Republican]] attorney general the next election.<ref>[http://www.governing.com/blogs/politics/gov-handicapping-attorneys-general-2013-2014-whos-vulnerable.html ''Governing,'' "The 2013-2014 Attorneys General Races: Who's Vulnerable?," March 25, 2013]</ref>
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A March 2013 report released by ''Governing'' named Arkansas' attorney general seat as "vulnerable" to partisan switch heading into the 2014 elections. The rating stemmed from predictions that [[Democratic]] incumbent [[Dustin McDaniel]]'s then-recent personal issues would turn a substantial number of voters off him and instead toward the possibility of electing a [[Republican]] attorney general the next election. Earlier that month, McDaniel was forced to revoke his long-anticipated plans to run for governor after he was exposed for philandering for the second time in his attorney general tenure.<ref>[http://www.governing.com/blogs/politics/gov-handicapping-attorneys-general-2013-2014-whos-vulnerable.html ''Governing,'' "The 2013-2014 Attorneys General Races: Who's Vulnerable?," March 25, 2013]</ref>
  
 
==Additional reading==
 
==Additional reading==

Revision as of 09:22, 15 April 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.

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


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.[10][11]

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.[12][13][14] 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.[15]

Race background

A March 2013 report released by Governing named Arkansas' attorney general seat as "vulnerable" to partisan switch heading into the 2014 elections. The rating stemmed from predictions that Democratic incumbent Dustin McDaniel's then-recent personal issues would turn a substantial number of voters off him and instead toward the possibility of electing a Republican attorney general the next election. Earlier that month, McDaniel was forced to revoke his long-anticipated plans to run for governor after he was exposed for philandering for the second time in his attorney general tenure.[16]

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. Arkansas Code, "Title 7, Section 1-101-21," accessed December 3, 2013
  11. 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
  12. Libertarian Party of Arkansas Website, "History of the Libertarian Party of Arkansas," accessed December 5, 2013
  13. Green Party of Arkansas Website, "Ballot Access," accessed December 5, 2013
  14. Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin, "New Political Party Petition--Green Party," November 6, 2013
  15. UALR Public Radio, "Poll: Ross, Hutchinson In Virtual Dead Heat In Governor’s Race," April 6, 2014
  16. Governing, "The 2013-2014 Attorneys General Races: Who's Vulnerable?," March 25, 2013