Arkansas Delegation Relishes Spotlight At GOP Convention

Jul 17, 2016

Credit Republican Party of Arkansas

With four of its top political figures tapped for primetime speeches, Arkansas Republicans heading to the GOP's national convention will have a much higher profile than it did when it was a Democratic stronghold.

The convention that begins Monday in Cleveland will be the first since Arkansas Republicans swept statewide and federal offices two years ago and won control of the state Legislature in 2012. Arkansas' top elected Republicans hope to highlight the party's rise to power in the adopted home state of presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and former Gov. Mike Huckabee are on the convention speaker lineup. State party leaders say this is the most attention they can remember the state receiving at a Republican convention.