The Green Papers: Arkansas 2015 General Election
 
This page is for offices up for election in 2015. Find 2016 elections here.

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Elections for Statewide offices and Congress
Senators:2(Electoral Classes 2 and 3)
Governor:1 
2010 Census:2,926,229 (0.94% of 309,785,186)
2012, 2016, 2020 Electoral Votes:6(1.12% of 538)
2012-2020 Representatives:4(0.92% of 435)
Capital:Little Rock
 

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Arkansas State and Local Government

Arkansas 2016 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions:
Democrats   Republicans


Primary elections are for Democratic and Republican candidates only. If no candidate receives at least 50% of the vote, a runoff between the two top vote-getters will be held.


On 29 May 2015, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson (Republican) signed SB 8. The bill moves the 2016 Presidential and partisan primary from 3 weeks prior to the 2nd Tuesday in June to 3 weeks prior to the 4th Tuesday in March. [Arkansas Code 7-7-203(a)]. The provisions of this act are temporary and expire on 31 December 2016. [Arkansas Code Title 21, Chapter 8, Subchapter 7, Section 7 (b)].

  • The Arkansas "Preferential Primary Election" is what most states call a "Presidential" and "partisan" primary.
  • General Primary Election is what most states call a runoff.

This moves the 2016 Presidential and partisan primaries to Tuesday 1 March 2016 and the runoff election to 22 March 2016.


2016 Preferential Primary and Nonpartisan General Election.

 
           

U.S. Senate  6 year term. No Term Limit. 114th Senate  Senate Electoral Classes

Class 2 Republican Senator Thomas B. "Tom" Cotton
First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
 Candidate list
  Candidate Republican     Senator Thomas B. "Tom" Cotton
FEC S4AR00103

Class 3 Republican Senator John Nichols Boozman
First elected: 2010
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list
  Candidate Democratic     Conner Eldridge
FEC S6AR00132; 30 Sep 15; Tot $403,039; Dsb $2,278
  Candidate Republican     Senator John Nichols Boozman
FEC S0AR00150; 30 Sep 15; Tot $1,218,198; Dsb $362,775
  Candidate Republican     Curtis Coleman
FEC S0AR00036; 30 Sep 15; Tot $0; Dsb $3
  Candidate Libertarian     former Tull Mayor Frank Gilbert
  Candidate Write-in     Jason Tate

Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: No one can serve more than 2 4-year terms in a lifetime, All Governors

  Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson
First elected: 2014.
Previously served in the U.S. Congress: 3 January 1997 - 6 August 2001
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
The current Governor is unaffected by the State's term limit.

Lieutenant Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018

  Republican Lieutenant Governor John Timothy "Tim" Griffin
First elected: 2014.
Previously served in the U.S. Congress: 2011-2015.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018

114th U.S. House of Representatives  2-year term. Election Cycle 2016, 2018. No Term Limit. 114th House
Partisan Composition (primary disposition):
4 Republican (4 Undetermined)

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 1 Republican Congressman Eric Alan "Rick" Crawford
First elected: 2010
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
  Candidate Republican     Congressman Eric Alan "Rick" Crawford
FEC H0AR01083; 30 Sep 15; Tot $270,598; Dsb $249,286
  Candidate Libertarian     Mark West

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 2 Republican Congressman James French "French" Hill
First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     former Little Rock School Board President Dianne Curry
FEC H6AR02245
  Candidate Republican     Congressman James French "French" Hill
FEC H4AR02141; 30 Sep 15; Tot $605,914; Dsb $112,575
  Candidate Republican     Brock Olree
FEC H6AR02252
  Candidate Libertarian     Chris Hayes
  Candidate Write-in     Charles Neely
  Candidate Write-in     Mathew Wescott

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 3 Republican Congressman Stephen A. "Steve" Womack
First elected: 2010
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
    Democratic     Robbie Wilson - apparently not a candidate
    Republican     Steve Issacson - apparently not a candidate
  Candidate Republican     Congressman Stephen A. "Steve" Womack
FEC H0AR03055; 30 Sep 15; Tot $259,966; Dsb $146,489
  Candidate Libertarian     Nathan LaFrance

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 4 Republican Congressman Bruce Westerman
First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
  Candidate Republican     Congressman Bruce Westerman
FEC H4AR04048; 30 Sep 15; Tot $244,386; Dsb $116,454
  Candidate Libertarian     Kerry Hicks

Secretary of State  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: No one can serve more than 2 4-year terms in a lifetime

  Republican Secretary of State Mark Martin
First elected: 2010; re-elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
The current Secretary of State is affected by a term limit and cannot run for re-election.
Open Seat

Attorney General  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018

  Republican Attorney General Leslie Rutledge
First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018

Treasurer  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018

  Republican Treasurer Dennis Milligan
First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018

Auditor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018

  Republican Auditor Andrea Lea
First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018

Commissioner of State Lands  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: No one can serve more than 2 4-year terms in a lifetime

  Republican State Lands Commissioner John M. Thurston
First elected: 2010; re-elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
The current Commissioner of State Lands is affected by a term limit and cannot run for re-election.
Open Seat
 

Political Parties    Parties appear in parenthesis and italics when a candidate receives the endorsement of a given Party and/or official sources indicate a candidate's association with a particular Party but only where the Party in question does not appear on the actual ballot as such.

Major Parties
  Democratic (affiliates): 2 candidates
  Republican: 13 incumbents, 8 candidates
Major Third Parties
  Constitution (affiliates)
  Green (affiliates)
  Libertarian: 5 candidates
Other Third Parties
  Justice Party
  Natural Law (affiliates)
  Unity
Write-in/Scattered/otherwise not readily classifiable
  Write-in: 3 candidates
 
Candidates running under the banner of more than one party are counted towards each party's total. A candidate who has lost a primary or is apparently no longer a candidate is not counted.

Notes

Candidates for office appear on this page in italics where 'The Green Papers' does not yet have independent confirmation from a legal election authority that the person has been officially certified to appear on the ballot.

"Apparently not a candidate" indicates that someone we once listed as a candidate for an elective office will not, in fact, be running for that office (primarily because said candidate is not listed on an official ballot provided by a jurisdiction's election authorities, where that candidate has not previously withdrawn his/her candidacy or otherwise indicated no longer [or even ever] being a candidate for that office).

Primary dates marked "presumably" and polling times marked "reportedly" are based on unofficial or estimated data (especially as regards local variations from a jurisdictionwide statutory and/or regulatory standard) and are, thereby, subject to change.

"FEC" indicates the Federal Election Commission (FEC) Campaign Finance Summary.

When available, we post each candidate's FEC identification number, the date of their most recently filed Report of Receipts and Disbursements, their "Tot" [Total Receipts (contributions received or what came in: FEC Form 3, Line 16, Column B)] and their "Dsb" [Total Disbursements (expenditures or what was spent: FEC Form 3, Line 23, Column B)]. A link is provided to the Federal Election Commission's Summary Report for those who might wish to explore the details.

If a candidate raises or spends $5,000 or less, he or she is not subject to FEC reporting requirements.


Links Links to other web sites

Election Authority
  Arkansas Election Results Website
  Arkansas Secretary of State Presents: Vote Naturally | Accurate, Accessible. For Arkansas
Legislature   Links to State Legislatures
  Arkansas General Assembly
  Arkansas House of Representatives
  Arkansas Senate
Democratic
  The Democratic Party of Arkansas
Republican
  The Republican Party of Arkansas
Third Party
  Arkansas Libertarian Party
  Constitution Party of Arkansas
  Green Party of Arkansas
  Justice Party of Arkansas
  Natural Law Party of Arkansas
  The Unity Party of Arkansas
Media & others
  Arkansas Business.com - Little Rock
  Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - Little Rock
  Arkansas News Bureau
  Arkansas Times - Little Rock
  Batesville Daily Guard
  Evening Times - West Memphis
  KAIT TV - ABC - Jonesboro
  KARK TV - NBC - ArkansasMatters - Little Rock
  KATV TV - ABC - Little Rock
  KLRT TV - FOX - Little Rock
  KTHV - CBS - Little Rock
  Lynch at Large
  Magnolia Reporter - Magnolia
  NWANews.com - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - Fayetteville
  Pine Bluff Commercial
  Politics1.com - Arkansas
  Talk Business River Rock Communications
  The Arkansas Project
  The Baxter Bulletin - Mountain Home
  The Jonesboro Sun
  The Leader - Jacksonville
  The Morning News - Springdale - Rogers - Bentonville - Fayetteville
  The Sentinel-Record - Hot Springs
  The Times Dispatch - Lawrence County
  The Times Record - Fort Smith
  TheCabin.net - Log Cabin Democrat of Conway
  Van Buren Press Argus

 


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