Ballotpedia's 2012 General Election Preview Articles: Arkansas Congressional Seats

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October 30, 2012

By Ballotpedia's Congressional team

Arkansas's Congressional Elections in 2012
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LITTLE ROCK: Arkansas: Arkansas has four U.S. House seats on the ballot in 2012. Three of the four incumbents are running for re-election, all of whom face at least one challenger in the general election (100%). All three GOP incumbents are expected to easily win re-election.

In Arkansas's 4th congressional district, Democratic incumbent Mike Ross chose to retire rather than seek re-election. The open seat is expected to be picked up by Republicans. Tom Cotton (R) faces Gene Jeffress (D) in the general election. In addition, Green Party candidate Joshua Drake and Libertarian Bobby Tullis are seeking election to the seat.

Currently, the Republican Party holds three of the four Congressional seats from Arkansas. According to race ratings by the website RealClearPolitics, Arkansas's 4th district is the 6th most likely district in the nation to switch party control in 2012. If it does switch, Republicans will hold every congressional seat from Arkansas.[1]

In Arkansas, all polling places will be open from 7:30 am to 7:30 pm on Election Day. When the polls close, if you are in line, you will be permitted to vote.[2]

See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times (2012)

Here is a complete list of U.S. House candidates appearing on the general election ballot in Arkansas:

District General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
1st Democratic Party Scott Ellington
Republican Party Rick Crawford
Green Party Jacob Holloway
Libertarian Party Jessica Paxton
Rick Crawford Pending Pending
2nd Democratic PartyHerb Rule
Republican Party Tim Griffin
Green Party Barbara Ward
Libertarian Party Chris Hayes
Tim Griffin Pending Pending
3rd Republican Party Steve Womack
Green Party Rebekah Kennedy
Libertarian Party David Pangrac
Steve Womack Pending Pending
4th Democratic Party Gene Jeffress
Republican Party Tom Cotton
Green Party Joshua Drake
Libertarian Party Bobby Tullis
Mike Ross Pending Pending
Members of the U.S. House from Arkansas -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 1 0
     Republican Party 3 4
Total 4 4
 Congressional Redistricting Map, approved April 2011 

For more information, view Redistricting in Arkansas.


See also