Arkansas has its statewide primary election on Tuesday, May 22. Here are some election facts and a few key races, with the names of the Democratic candidates and links to their campaign websites.
The State At A Glance
– No Senators are up for re-election in 2018
– All 4 House Representatives are up for re-election
– Arkansas went +27 for Trump in 2016
– Partisan breakdown of the state legislature:
State Senate 23 (R) – 9 (D) plus three vacant seats
State House 76 (R) – 24 (D)
The incumbent, Gov. Asa Hutchinson, is running for re-election. Unlike other red states, Arkansas has had Democrats in the governor’s mansion this decade, meaning that many in the electorate have voted for a Democrat in a state-wide office recently.
A race that is being watched closely in Arkansas is for Attorney General. The incumbent, Leslie Rutledge, is running for re-election but Democratic challenger Mike Lee made headlines when he switched from running for a House seat to the Attorney General’s race. He has since been successful with fundraising, too.
Mike Lee – campaign website
U.S. REPRESENTATIVE, 2nd DISTRICT
The 2nd district is listed by several outlets as a competitive race, currently held by Republican French Hill. The Democratic primary is crowded with four candidates.
18 of the 35 seats in the Senate are up for re-election this year. Democrats had the majority in the Senate until 2012. A list of the districts with re-elections and the candidates running for those seats can be found here.
All 100 seats in the House are up for re-election this year. The Democrats need to flip two seats to break the Republican super-majority. A list of the candidates running for the House can be found here.
NOTE: If you’re unsure what state district number you’re in, type in your address at Open States to get that info.
For a more complete list of state races in the primary, visit Ballotpedia: Arkansas Elections 2018. To learn about events featuring candidates running for office, connect with your local chapter of the Arkansas Democrats.
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