Arkansas Election 2014

Election voting
Sarah Whites-Koditschek / KUAR News

Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin says the Nov. 4 general election results have been certified.

Martin announced the certification Thursday, saying about half of the 1.7 million people registered to vote in Arkansas cast ballots in the election.

Under Arkansas election law, counties must certify results to the Secretary of State's Office no later than 15 days after the election.

The delay allows overseas military citizens time to ensure their votes are counted in accordance with the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act.

The Political Animals Club assembled Thursday for a post-election panel of political reporters and commentators. John Brummett (Democrat-Gazette), Skip Rutherford (Clinton School Dean), Max Brantley (Arkansas Times), and Roby Brock (Talk Business and Politics) gave their thoughts on the midterm elections, the new political landscape, and what Arkansas may look like in the years ahead.

John Brummett was the first to answer moderator Rex Nelson’s request for a prediction on newly elected Republican U.S. Senator Tom Cotton.

Regnat Populus Facebook page

Increased spending in recent election cycles has propelled some to counter what they see as the disproportionate rise in political influence among special interests and wealthy Americans. In Arkansas, several citizen activist organizations have just teamed up to form the Arkansas Democracy Coalition, seeking to “work towards regaining control over campaign finance spending, eliminating corporate personhood and undoing the damage to our election system this mistaken idea has wrought.”

File. Gov. Asa Hutchinson's chief of staff Michael Lamoureux when he was a state senator from Russellville.
Arkansas Times

This week Republican Michael Lamoureux resigned his position as President Pro Tem of the state Senate to serve as Chief of Staff for Governor-elect Asa Hutchinson. What becomes of this void in the state Senate? We just held elections, what’s in store for the communities surrounding Russellville?

The Tom Cotton campaign says a consistent message and emphasis on personal history pushed the freshman Congressman ahead with many undecided Arkansas voters. Key members of the Republican Senator-elect's campaign staff spoke with reporters Friday, after a near 17 point victory for Cotton over Democratic incumbent Mark Pryor. Brad Todd is media consultant for the Cotton Campaign. He says, from the time Cotton first announced his run, the campaign's internal polling showed numbers that never improved for Pryor.

Sec. of State Mark Martin (R) / Secretary of State's Office

The Arkansas Secretary of State's Office says nearly half of Arkansas' registered voters cast ballots in this year's general election. Secretary of State Mark Martin says about 49 percent of the state's 1.7 million voters cast ballots in the recent election.

That's up from the most recent midterm election in 2010, when 47.6 percent of Arkansas' 1.6 million registered voters participated. This year's numbers are slightly below Martin's projection of 51 percent voter turnout.

State Rep. Warwick Sabin (D-Little Rock)
Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

From KUAR News in Little Rock I’m Jacob Kauffman. Democratic State Representative Warwick Sabin is on the line, thanks for joining us.

Sabin: You’re welcome.

Chris Hickey / KUAR News

Most Arkansas voters chose Republican candidates for office Tuesday, with large sections of the state going red, some for the first time. But did that trend carry with minority voters in the state? KUAR's Chris Hickey has a look at what Governor-elect Asa Hutchinson's campaign tried to do attract minorities to his party and whether or not it was effective.

Asa Hutchinson
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Arkansas Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson is hiring the outgoing state Senate president as his new chief of staff.

Hutchinson on Wednesday announced that he was hiring Sen. Michael Lamoureux of Russellville and that the Russellville lawmaker would also serve as transition director. Hutchinson, a Republican, defeated Democratic nominee Mike Ross in Tuesday's governor's race.

Lamoureux has served as state Senate president since 2013 and was first elected to the chamber in a special election in 2009. Lamoureux was re-elected to a four year term in 2012.

Doyle Webb
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Arkansas Republicans are shifting their focus to governing the day after sweeping Arkansas' top offices, while Democrats tried to assess their future following a rout up and down in the ballot in a state they had once dominated.

State GOP Chairman Doyle Webb told reporters Wednesday that his party must follow through on its campaign promises to cut taxes and limit government.

The GOP swept all statewide and federal offices on the ballot in Tuesday's election.