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ARKANSAS

arkansasPopulation: 2,978,204 (2015)

Filing deadline: November 9, 2015.

Primary: March 1, 2016.

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Arkansas (R+14) has been maybe the most reluctant state in the long process of making the once solidly Democratic South into an equally solid Republican region. There are still centrist Democrats on the local level, but precious few on the federal. Up until the 2010 cycle, Arkansas sent five Democrats and one Republican to Congress, now the delegation is all GOP. In 2010, the state was 75% White, 15% Black and 5% Hispanic.

FEDERAL LEVEL

Electors: 6. Arkansas has voted for the Republicans in all Presidential elections since 1980, except for the two times Bill Clinton ran.

Sena­tors: 2 Republicans.

Tom Cotton. (Pic: Congress)

Tom Cotton. (Pic: Congress)

Senator class 2: Tom Cotton (R)
Committees: Armed Forces, Banking & Housing, Intelligence.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nomineeTom Cotton

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe Republican in 2020.

Status, May 14, 2016:
Lawyer and veteran Tom Cotton (b.1977), is regarded by many as a rising star in the Republican Party. He served two terms in the House before beating an incumbent Democratic Senator with 56% in 2014.

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John Boozman. (Pic: Congress)

John Boozman. (Pic: Congress)

Senator class 3: John Boozman (R)
Committees
: Agriculture, Appropriations, Environment, Rules, Veterans.

Democratic nomineeConner Eldridge
Republican nominee: John Boozman

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe Republican in 2016.

Status, May 14, 2016:
Ophthalmologist John Boozman (b.1950) won the seat from an incumbent Democrat in 2010 with 58%. Previously, he spent ten years in the House. The Democrats are running former Federal Prosecutor Conner Eldridge.

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Representatives: 4 Representatives, all Republicans.

Rick Crawford. (Pic: Congress)

Rick Crawford. (Pic: Congress)

District 1
Representative: Rick Crawford (R)
Committees
: Agriculture, Transportation.

Democratic nominee: NONE
Republican nominee: Rick Craw­ford

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe Republican in 2016.

Status, May 14, 2016:
The district (R+14) covers the eastern and partially northern parts of Arkansas, including Jonesboro. It is 80% White and 15% Black. Veteran and TV-journalist Rick Crawford (b.1966) won this open seat in 2010 and was re-elected with 63% in 2014.

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French Hill. (Pic: Congress)

French Hill. (Pic: Congress)

District 2 Representative: French Hill (R)
Committees: Financial Services.

Democratic nomineeDianne Curry
Republican nomineeFrench Hill

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe Republican in 2016.

Status, May 14, 2016:
The district (R+8) contains the central parts of the state, including Little Rock. It is 75% White and 20% Black. Banker and investor French Hill (b.1956) won the seat with 52% in 2014. The Democrats are fielding former School Board member Dianne Curry, who ran for Lieutenant Governor in 2014.

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Steve Womack. (Pic: Congress)

Steve Womack. (Pic: Congress)

District 3
Representative: Steve Womack (R)
Committees: Appropriations, Budget.

Democratic nominee: NONE
Republican nominee: Steve Womack

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe Republican in 2016.

Status, May 14, 2016:
The district (R+19) covers the northwestern parts of the state, including Ft. Smith, It is 80% White and 10% Hispanic. Since 2010, it has been represented by businessman and Mayor Steve Womack (b.1957), who ran unopposed by the Dems in 2014.

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Bruce Westerman. (Pic: Congress)

Bruce Westerman. (Pic: Congress)

District 4
Representative: Bruce Westerman (R)
Committees: Budget, Natural Resources, Science.

Democratic nominee: NONE
Republican nomineeBruce Westerman

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe Republican in 2016.

Status, May 14, 2016:
The district (R+15) covers the southern and southwestern parts of the state. It is 75% White and 20% Black. Engineer and State Senator Bruce Westerman (b.1967) held the seat for the GOP with 54% in 2014.

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STATE LEVEL

Asa Hutchinson. (Pic: State of AR)

Asa Hutchinson. (Pic: State of AR)

Governor: Asa Hutchinson (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nomineeAsa Hutch­inson

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe Republican in 2018.

Status, May 14, 2016:
Former Congress­man, assistant Secretary of Homeland Security and head of the DEA, Asa Hutch­inson (b.1950) won the office for the GOP in 2014, with 55%.

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Tim Griffin. (Pic: Congress)

Tim Griffin. (Pic: Congress)

Lieutenant Governor: Tim Griffin (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nomineeTim Griffin

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe Republican in 2018.

Status, May 14, 2016:
The Lieutenant Governor is nominated and elected separately from the Governor. Lawyer and Congressman Tim Griffin (b.1968) won with 57% in 2014.

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Mark Martin. (Pic: State of AR)

Mark Martin. (Pic: State of AR)

Secretary of State: Mark Martin (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe Republican in 2018.

Status, May 14, 2016:
Engineer and State Representative Mark Martin (b.1968) was first elected in 2010 and re-elected with 61% in 2014. He is term limited.

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Leslie Rutledge. (Pic: State of AR)

Leslie Rutledge. (Pic: State of AR)

Attorney General: Leslie Rutledge (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nomineeLeslie Rutledge

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe Republican in 2018.

Status, May 14, 2016:
Lawyer Leslie Rutledge (b.1976) won the office with 52% in 2014. She is the first woman and the first Republican to hold the office.

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Dennis Milligan. (Pic: State of AR)

Dennis Milligan. (Pic: State of AR)

Treasurer­: Dennis Milligan (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nomineeDennis Milligan

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe Republican in 2018.

Status, May 14, 2016:
Circuit Clerk in Saline County, Dennis Milligan (b.1957) won the office in 2014 with 56%.

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Andrea Lea. (Pic: State of AR)

Andrea Lea. (Pic: State of AR)

Auditor: Andrea Lea (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nomineeAndrea Lea

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe Republican in 2018.

Status, May 14, 2016:
State Representative Andrea Lea (b.1957) won the office with 57% in 2014.

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John Thurston. (Pic: State of AR)

John Thurston. (Pic: State of AR)

Land Commissioner­: John Thur­ston (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 14, 2016:
Safe Republican in 2018.

Status, May 14, 2016:
Theologian and minister John Thur­ston (b.1972) was first elected in 2010 and re-elected with 57% in 2104. He is term limited in 2018.

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State Senate: 35 (11D / 24R). Term: 4 years. Half elected in 2016/2018.
State House: 100 (36D / 64R). Term: 2 years. Elections in 2016.

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