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}}{{tnr}}'''Frank Gilbert''' was a [[State legislative elections, 2012|2012]] [[Libertarian]] candidate for [[Arkansas State Senate elections, 2012#District 13|District 13]] of the [[Arkansas State Senate]]. Gilbert is currently the constable of DeKalb Township in Grant County. He was previously mayor of Tull, Arkansas. He also has served as Grant County coroner and president of the Bauxite Education Association. Gilbert is also a manager for alarm company Guard Tronic and a minister of Universal Life Church.<ref name=tr/>
 
}}{{tnr}}'''Frank Gilbert''' was a [[State legislative elections, 2012|2012]] [[Libertarian]] candidate for [[Arkansas State Senate elections, 2012#District 13|District 13]] of the [[Arkansas State Senate]]. Gilbert is currently the constable of DeKalb Township in Grant County. He was previously mayor of Tull, Arkansas. He also has served as Grant County coroner and president of the Bauxite Education Association. Gilbert is also a manager for alarm company Guard Tronic and a minister of Universal Life Church.<ref name=tr/>
Gilbert {{2014isrunning}} for [[Governor of Arkansas]] in the [[Arkansas Gubernatorial election, 2014|2014 elections]]. He was nominated by by delegates at the Arkansas Libertarian Party's annual convention, held on February 22, 2014.<ref name=libnoms/><ref name=tr>[http://swtimes.com/news/politics/election-2014-libertarian-frank-gilbert-announces-bid-arkansas-governor ''Times Record,'' Election 2014: Libertarian Frank Gilbert Announces Bid For Arkansas Governor, October 17, 2013]</ref>   
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Gilbert {{2014isrunning}} for [[Governor of Arkansas]] in the [[Arkansas Gubernatorial election, 2014|2014 elections]]. He was nominated by delegates at the Arkansas Libertarian Party's annual convention, held on February 22, 2014.<ref name=libnoms/><ref name=tr>[http://swtimes.com/news/politics/election-2014-libertarian-frank-gilbert-announces-bid-arkansas-governor ''Times Record,'' Election 2014: Libertarian Frank Gilbert Announces Bid For Arkansas Governor, October 17, 2013]</ref>   
 
==Elections==
 
==Elections==
 
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===2014===

Revision as of 11:02, 9 July 2014

Frank Gilbert
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Arkansas Governor
PartyLibertarian
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High schoolVan Buren High School
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Frank Gilbert was a 2012 Libertarian candidate for District 13 of the Arkansas State Senate. Gilbert is currently the constable of DeKalb Township in Grant County. He was previously mayor of Tull, Arkansas. He also has served as Grant County coroner and president of the Bauxite Education Association. Gilbert is also a manager for alarm company Guard Tronic and a minister of Universal Life Church.[1]

Gilbert is running for Governor of Arkansas in the 2014 elections. He was nominated by delegates at the Arkansas Libertarian Party's annual convention, held on February 22, 2014.[2][1]

Elections

2014

See also: Arkansas Gubernatorial election, 2014

Gilbert is running for election to the office of Governor of Arkansas. He announced his intentions on October 15, 2013 stating “I want to help the Libertarian Party make changes for the better. I have been scouring the state of Arkansas looking for like-minded, Libertarian-leaning folks who are as tired as I am of the mess we are in politically.”[1] Gibert was nominated by delegates at the Arkansas Libertarian Party's annual convention, held on February 22, 2014.[2] The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Race background

Democratic incumbent Gov. Mike Beebe is ineligible for re-election in 2014 due to term limits, setting the stage for a highly competitive race. Over a year before the election, polling figures and ratings reports - from sources such as The Washington Post, Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball, Governing and Daily Kos - already labeled Beebe's seat as a "toss-up" and labelled Arkansas among the states most vulnerable to partisan switch in the 2014 gubernatorial election cycle.[3][4][5][6]

Despite announcing in December 2012 that he would not run for governor in 2014, former U.S. Rep. Mike Ross (D) re-emerged as a potential candidate in the wake of state attorney general and expected front-runner Dustin McDaniel's exit from the race.[7][8][9] "Dustin McDaniel getting out of the race has left a huge void which clearly none of the other candidates are filling or I wouldn't be getting all these calls from every corner of the state...I'm humbled by that and I feel a sense of duty and responsibility to the people of this state to at least reconsider my decision and I'm doing that," Ross said at U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor's (D-AR) re-election fundraiser in March 2013.[10] Ross officially launched his campaign on April 17, 2013. The only other declared Democratic candidate at the time of his announcement, Lieutenant Governor Bill Halter, left the race in July when he found himself trailing in fundraising and immediately threw his support behind Ross.[11][12]

Ross overtook Lynette "Doc" Bryant for the Democratic nomination in the May 20, 2014 primary election.[13] Former U.S. Rep. Asa Hutchinson defeated businessman Curtis Coleman in the Republican primary, earning the chance to win back office for their party.[11]

The Libertarian Party and the Green Party selected their candidates for governor by convention. Libertarian nominee Frank Gilbert and Green Party nominee Josh Drake will appear on the November 4 general election ballot with Ross and Hutchinson.[1][14][15]

Money in the race

On May 13, 2014, candidates were required to file pre-primary campaign finance reports detailing their fundraising and expenditures since April 1. Before winning their respective parties' nominations on May 20, Mike Ross (D) and Asa Hutchinson (R) both reported spending more than they took in over the previous month. Ross outraised Hutchinson $491,000 to $240,375, and Hutchinson outspent Ross by about $80,000. A large portion of each candidates' campaign expenditures went toward television advertisements. This was especially true for Hutchinson, who went $439,000 airing his ads across Arkansas—more than triple what Ross spent.[16]

Heading into the May 20 primaries, Ross reported having a remaining balance of $2 million, compared to Hutchinson's remaining balance of $904,000. Defeated GOP primary challenger Curtis Coleman raised $62,060 and spent $72,622 in April 2014, while Ross' Democratic primary opponent Lynette Bryant failed to file by the reporting period deadline.[17][16]

McDaniel cancels long-anticipated campaign

In June 2012, term-limited Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel (D) filed paperwork to start raising money for his 2014 gubernatorial campaign.[18] McDaniel had been considered the Democratic frontrunner, but revelations that he had engaged in extra-martial relations with a Hot Springs attorney, Andi Davis, whom he met around his 2010 re-election, ultimately proved too significant a publicity threat to his campaign.[19] He dropped out of the race on January 25, 2013, explaining in an e-mail to supporters, "I had hoped that I could shape the 2014 gubernatorial debate with my vision for the future. Unfortunately, I am now convinced that if I run for Governor, this campaign would be about me personally, rather than Arkansas's future."[20]

Ballot access for political parties

See also: Process for establishing a political party in Arkansas

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 3 percent of the votes cast for that office.[21][22]

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.[23][24][25] 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.

According to an April 2014 poll, the likelihood of the Libertarian and Green Parties to maintain their status in the state depended on who the Democratic and Republican Parties ran in the gubernatorial election. With nominees Republican Asa Hutchinson and Democrat Mike Ross on the ballot, 3 percent of those polled said they would vote for the Libertarian candidate and 2 percent said they would vote for the Green Party candidate. Had Democrat Lynette Bryant advanced with Hutchinson, those likely to vote for the Libertarian candidate remained the same while those likely to vote for the Green Party candidate rose to 4.5 percent. If Republican Curtis Coleman ran against Ross, those polled were more likely to vote for both the Libertarian and Green Party candidates when compared to a ballot including front-runners Ross and Hutchinson, who secured their respective parties' nominations the month after the poll was taken. The Libertarian candidate polled 4 percent and the Green Party candidate polled 3 percent.[26]

Polls

General election
All candidates

Governor of Arkansas: Four-way race
Poll Asa Hutchinson (R) Mike Ross (D)Joshua Drake (G)Frank Gilbert (L)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Southern Progress Poll
September 7-9, 2014
44%44%2%2%8%+/-3.5600
Gravis Marketing
September 8-11, 2014
46%42%0%2%10%+/-4.0902
Public Policy Polling
September 18-21, 2014
44%38%2%3%13%+/-2.61,453
Suffolk/USA Today
September 20-23, 2014
43%41%2%3%11%+/-4.4500
AVERAGES 44.25% 41.25% 1.5% 2.5% 10.5% +/-3.63 863.75
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

**Due to the nature of the comparison, a placeholder figure of 0% is assigned to candidates not included in any given match-up round Hutchinson vs. Ross (April 2014 - present)

Governor of Arkansas: Hutchinson vs. Ross
Poll Asa Hutchinson (R) Mike Ross (D)Don't knowMargin of ErrorSample Size
NBC/Marist
April 30-May 4, 2014
49%42%7%+/-2.9876
Rasmussen Reports
May 27-28, 2014
48%41%6%+/-4750
Public Policy Poll
August 1-3, 2014
43%38%12%+/-31,066
New York Times/CBS News/YouGov
September 20-October 1, 2014
49%38%13%+/-21,991
AVERAGES 47.25% 39.75% 9.5% +/-2.98 1,170.75
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

Hutchinson vs. Ross (February 2014 - April 2014)

Governor of Arkansas: Hutchinson vs. Ross
Poll Asa Hutchinson (R) Mike Ross (D)Don't knowMargin of ErrorSample Size
Talk Business/Hendrix College
February 20, 2013
43%38%19%+/-3.8675
Talk Business/Hendrix College Poll
October 8, 2013
41%37%22%+/-4.0603
Public Policy Polling/Americans United for Change
December 13-15, 2013
44%43%14%+/-3.11,004
Rasmussen Reports
February 4-5, 2014
41%44%12%+/-4.5500
Impact
February 10, 2014
42%42%17%+/-2.831,202
OnMessage
March 11-13, 2014
44%36%15%+/-4.0600
Hendrix College/Talk Business
April 3-4, 2014
43%44%8%+/-3.01,068
Opinion Research Associates
April 1-8, 2014
39%45%17%+/-5.0400
New York Times/Kaiser Family Foundation Poll
April 8-15, 2014
41%40%16%+/-4.0857
Public Policy Poll
April 25-27, 2014
46%38%16%+/-3.4840
AVERAGES 42.4% 40.7% 15.6% +/-3.76 774.9
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.


2012

See also: Arkansas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Gilbert ran in the 2012 election for Arkansas State Senate District 13. Gilbert ran unopposed in the May 22 Libertarian primary, and faced District 27 incumbent Democrat Mike Fletcher and Republican Alan Clark in the general election on November 6, 2012. Gilbert was defeated by incumbent Fletcher in the general eleciton.[27][28]

Arkansas State Senate, District 13, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAlan Clark 52.4% 15,768
     Democratic Mike Fletcher Incumbent 44.2% 13,288
     Libertarian Frank Gilbert 3.4% 1,013
Total Votes 30,069

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Times Record, Election 2014: Libertarian Frank Gilbert Announces Bid For Arkansas Governor, October 17, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 thv11.com, "Libertarian Party holds annual state convention," February 22, 2014
  3. University of Virginia Center for Politics: Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2013-2014 Gubernatorial Races," April 29, 2013
  4. The Washington Post, "The Fix's top gubernatorial races," September 27, 2013
  5. Daily Kos, "Daily Kos Elections gubernatorial race ratings: Initial ratings for 2013-14," October 6, 2013
  6. Governing Politics, "2013-2014 Governor's Races: Who's Vulnerable?," December 12, 2012
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  8. Talk Business.net, "Stars aligning for Mike Ross to reconsider running for governor," December 20, 2012
  9. Arkansasonline.com, "Governor's race follow up," February 12, 2013
  10. The Associated Press - My San Antonio, "Analysis: Dem. race for Ark. gov. in '14 unsettled," March 24, 2013
  11. 11.0 11.1 Arkansas Business, "Bill Halter Quits Race for Governor to Avoid 'Divisive Primary'," July 29, 2013
  12. The Arkansas Times, "Mike Ross pitches for moderate vote in announcing for governor," April 17, 2013
  13. Arkansas Secretary of State, "2014 Preferential Primary Elections & Non Partisan General Election, Candidate Information: Lynette "Doc" Bryant," accessed March 3, 2014
  14. thv11.com, "Libertarian Party holds annual state convention," February 22, 2014
  15. Independent Political Report, "The Green Party of Arkansas Announces Candidates for Governor and U S Senate," November 23, 2013
  16. 16.0 16.1 The Republic, "Democrat Mike Ross raises $491K in April for Arkansas governor bid, Hutchinson raises $240K," May 13, 2014
  17. Arkansas Online, "2014 Campaign Contributions, Governors Race," accessed May 15, 2014
  18. Arkansas News Bureau, "McDaniel raises $1 million for governor’s race," October 15, 2012
  19. Arkansas Times, "McDaniel admits 'inappropriate interaction' with Hot Springs lawyer," December 18, 2013
  20. Arkansas Times, "McDaniel officially announces he's out of governor's race," January 25, 2013
  21. Arkansas Code, "Title 7, Section 1-101-21," accessed December 3, 2013
  22. 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
  23. Libertarian Party of Arkansas Website, "History of the Libertarian Party of Arkansas," accessed December 5, 2013
  24. Green Party of Arkansas Website, "Ballot Access," accessed December 5, 2013
  25. Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin, "New Political Party Petition--Green Party," November 6, 2013
  26. UALR Public Radio, "Poll: Ross, Hutchinson In Virtual Dead Heat In Governor’s Race," April 6, 2014
  27. Arkansas Secretary of State, "Election Results 2012," accessed November 7, 2012
  28. Arkansas Secretary of State, "Candidate Information," accessed July 3, 2012