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.
Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, Gov. Asa Hutchinson, U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee are among those slated to speak at the Republican National Convention next week in Cleveland. Hutchinson and Cotton revealed Wednesday they would be speaking.