Arkansas Election 2014

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5:22 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

As Ballot Deadline Nears, Medical Marijuana Comes Up Short, Minimum Wage Says They're Ready

Credit arcompassion.com / Arkansans for Compassionate Care

The July 4th weekend is the last opportunity for groups pushing ballot measures on the minimum wage, marijuana, and alcohol sales to meet signature requirements for Monday’s deadline.

Melissa Fults with Arkansans for Compassionate Care said the medical marijuana effort is short on signatures but says they hope to reach the over 62,000 signature threshold over the weekend.

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10:58 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Leslie Rutledge Defeats David Sterling For Republican AG Nomination

David Sterling and Leslie Rutledge during an interview last month at KUAR.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Tuesday’s Republican run-off election between Attorney General candidates Leslie Rutledge and David Sterling ended with Rutledge winning the nomination.

Unofficial election returns showed Rutledge with a 59% to 41% advantage.

Rutledge survived an onslaught of out-of-state spending from two third-party groups. Iowa-based American Future Fund spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in the primary to promote Sterling’s candidacy, and in the run-off a D.C.-based group, Judicial Crisis Network, spent hundreds of thousands against Rutledge.

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10:48 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Flippo Beats Burris For Arkansas Senate Seat, Ferguson Wins House

The Republican nomination for State Senate District 17 was won by 201 votes by Scott Flippo, who defeated Rep. John Burris, the former House Majority Leader. The unofficial vote count was 3,913 for Flippo to 3,712 for Burris. 

If the results stand, Flippo will replace GOP Sen. Johnny Key, who was not seeking re-election to the north-central Arkansas Senate seat. There is no Democratic challenger, so the Republican nominee is the de facto winner.

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10:39 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Polls Open In Arkansas For Primary Runoff Election

A sign outside a Little Rock polling site for Tuesday's runoff election.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Polls are open for Arkansas voters to cast ballots in a handful of primary runoff contests. Polling locations will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The only statewide race on the ballot is the Republican runoff for attorney general between Leslie Rutledge and David Sterling. The winner will face Democratic state Rep. Nate Steel and Libertarian nominee Aaron Cash in November.

A light turnout is likely Tuesday, with about 3 or 4 percent of the state's 1.6 million registered voters expected to cast ballots.

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8:57 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Turnout Light As Early Voting Begins For Runoff Election

A sign outside a Little Rock polling site during last month's primary election.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Election officials say turnout is light around the state as early voting begins for a primary runoff highlighted by an increasingly bitter fight for the Republican attorney general nomination.

Secretary of State Mark Martin's office said 3,708 voters had cast a ballot by mid-afternoon Tuesday, the first day of early voting for the June 10 primary runoff. Martin's office has predicted only 3 or 4 percent of the state's 1.6 million registered voters will cast a ballot in the runoff.

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8:47 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Rutledge Outraises Sterling In Arkansas Attorney General's Race

David Sterling and Leslie Rutledge pose for a photo before a debate at KUAR.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Leslie Rutledge is reporting raising more than twice the amount rival David Sterling has in the final days of their bid for the Republican attorney general nomination. But she's reporting having far less in the bank ahead of next weeks' runoff election.

Rutledge on Tuesday reported raising nearly $59,000 between May 21 and May 31, compared to the $24,750 Sterling reported during the same period. The two Little Rock lawyers are facing off in the June 10 Republican primary runoff for Arkansas attorney general.

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10:37 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Mike Ross Wins Democratic Nomination In Arkansas Governor's Race

Mike Ross speaks to supporters after winning the Democratic nomination Tuesday.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR News

Former Arkansas Congressman Mike Ross has defeated Lynette Bryant to win the Democratic nomination for governor.

Ross will face Republican Asa Hutchinson in the November general election, along with Libertarian nominee Frank Gilbert and Green Party nominee Joshua Drake.

Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe is unable to run for re-election because of term limits.

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10:29 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Asa Hutchinson & Mike Ross Win Primaries For Arkansas Governor

Republican Asa Hutchinson talks to supporters after winning Tuesday's primary election for governor.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Two former Congressmen easily won their party primaries and will face off in November in the race for Arkansas governor.

Republican Asa Hutchinson defeated businessman Curtis Coleman, winning 73 percent of the vote in Tuesday's election. Democrat Mike Ross beat Lynette Bryant with 84 percent of the vote.

At Tuesday night's watch party in Little Rock, Hutchinson said if elected in November, he would expand economic development in Arkansas.

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3:45 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Turnout Light In Arkansas Primary, No Problems Reported

Pulaski County polling site West Side Baptist Church in Little Rock on Tuesday.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Polls are open until 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Arkansas’s primary election. Turnout has been reported to be light, as expected, at locations around the state.

At West Side Baptist Church in Little Rock, a steady trickle of voters made their way in and out of the polling site. But Larry Brannon noted he didn’t have a lot to choose from.

“I voted in the Democratic primary and so the choices are very lean, but I don’t want to miss voting, so I came. Most of (the races) were unopposed, but principally I wanted to vote for Mr. Ross and take a good look at the ballot.”

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2:50 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

GOP Candidate For Governor Forgets ID, Delayed In Voting

File photo of Asa Hutchinson in May 2013 while speaking in Little Rock.
Credit Michael Hibblen/ KUAR News

A Republican candidate for Arkansas governor who supports the new voter ID law was left waiting after he forgot his identification.

Spokesman Christian Olson told The Associated Press that Asa Hutchinson forgot his ID when he attempted to vote at the polls in Bentonville on Tuesday. Olson says a staffer was able to retrieve the ID and bring it to Hutchinson so he could vote.

Tuesday marks the first statewide test of the new law requiring voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot.

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