Arkansas Elections

File. State Rep. Jana Della Rosa (R-Rogers).
arkansashouse.org

A legislative committee is poised this week to consider the purchase of a new campaign finance filing system to allow for electronic uploads and more flexible search tools for the public. State Representative Jana Della Rosa crafted the appropriation measure for the purchase of a $750,000 of a new electronic filing system.

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has approved the wording of a measure to limit lawsuit damages awarded against health care providers, clearing the way for supporters to try and put the proposal on the November ballot. 

Floyd Donald / Lawrence Walker

A Little Rock attorney has filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against a Jefferson County Election commissioner.

The lawsuit, filed by attorney Lawrence Walker, alleges that Jefferson County Election Commissioner Stuart "Stu" Soffer failed to honor Walker’s Freedom of Information Act requests.

Arkansas' highest court has formed a committee to study judicial election reforms after a pair of state Supreme Court races that were overshadowed by record breaking spending from outside conservative groups.

The Supreme Court on Thursday announced it was forming a committee to look at the issue following the March 1 judicial election. The committee will include Justices Karen Baker, Courtney Goodson, Jo Hart, Rhonda Wood and Robin Wynne.

Independent and moderate voters and those who want a political outsider as president helped Donald Trump win Arkansas' Republican primary on Tuesday, according to interviews with those leaving polling places.

The billionaire businessman also tapped into voter discontent with the federal government and fears about the economy, according to preliminary results of a survey conducted by Edison Research for The Associated Press and television networks.

Circuit Court Judge Dan Kemp will be Arkansas' next chief justice, winning a race in which conservative groups spent a record amount of money targeting his rival.

Kemp defeated Justice Courtney Goodson in Tuesday's nonpartisan judicial election. He succeeds interim Chief Justice Howard Brill in leading the seven-member court.

Donald Trump speaking at Barton Coliseum in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

Billionaire businessman Donald Trump has won the Republican presidential primary in Arkansas. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio were battling for second place. 

Trump visited Arkansas on Saturday as part of a swing the so-called "SEC Primary" states. Twelve states set elections or caucuses for Tuesday, including five with Southeastern Conference sports teams.

U.S. Senator John Boozman in the Republican Party of Arkansas headquarters.
Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

U.S. Sen. John Boozman is headed to the November general election after turning back a Republican challenger he also defeated six years ago.

Boozman defeated North Little Rock businessman Curtis Coleman on Tuesday in a GOP U.S. Senate primary. He'll face Democrat Conner Eldridge and Libertarian Frank Gilbert in November.

Coleman had said the first-term incumbent wasn't sufficiently conservative. Boozman said he is a strong conservative, citing his endorsement by the National Rifle Association and the National Right to Life Committee.

Hillary Clinton
KATV, Channel 7 News

Former Arkansas first lady Hillary Clinton has won the state's Democratic primary for president for the second time, defeating Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Election vote
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Arkansas voters are turning out at voting precincts across the state to select their choice for president in Republican and Democratic presidential primary elections. Other state and local races are also on the ballot.

Voting at North Little Rock City Hall Tuesday, George and M'Liss Collins, who own a garden center, say they cast their ballots for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential primary. M'Liss Collins says she thinks Clinton has the experience the nation needs.

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