Arkansas Elections

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

GOP Presidential nominee Donald Trump hasn’t seen his poll numbers slide any in the last month, despite controversies and lackluster debate performances. As a matter of fact, the Republican standard-bearer slightly grew his lead over Democrat Hillary Clinton in the former First Lady of Arkansas’ one-time home state.

In the U.S. Senate race, the contest has tightened between incumbent Republican Sen. John Boozman and Democratic challenger Conner Eldridge, but Boozman still maintains a comfortable 18-point lead.

Election voting
Sarah Whites-Koditschek / KUAR News

Two legislatively-referred constitutional amendments have found traction with voters although both have a sizable number of undecided opinions.

A new Talk Business & Politics-Hendrix College survey shows Issue 2 with a majority 52% support, while Issue 3 has a plurality of 35% support. Issue 2 allows the governor to maintain powers when crossing state borders and Issue 3 reworks bond limits on economic super projects and allows government money to support job recruiting efforts and services.

Early voting
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Early voting got underway in Arkansas Monday, with many voters saying they're ready for this campaign season, and the presidential race in particular, to be done.

"It was a hot mess, quite frankly," Paul Silman said with a laugh, "so I cannot wait for it to be over." He was among a steady stream of people casting ballots at the Pulaski County Regional Building in downtown Little Rock.

Pam Henline said it was important that she come out on the first day of early voting.

State Rep. Dan Douglas (R-Bentonville) speaking against medical marijuana ballot measures while pledging to introduce a more restricted policy in 2017.
Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

An Arkansas lawmaker opposed to two medical marijuana ballot measures said Monday he'll introduce legislation during next year's session to make a more limited form of the drug available to some patients if voters reject the proposals, a move legalization proponents dismissed as a ploy to defeat their efforts.

Medical Marijuana
Arkansans for Compassionate Care

A new Talk Business & Politics-Hendrix College survey shows that opposition remains stronger than support for two medical marijuana proposals that will be on the November ballot.

The poll, conducted statewide among 463 likely Arkansas voters on October 21, 2016, has a margin of error of 4.6%.

Election vote
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Early voting is beginning for Arkansas' general election, though the fate of a medical marijuana proposal being challenged before the state's highest court still remains unclear.

Voters can cast ballots early starting Monday for the Nov. 8 election, which includes the presidential election and U.S. Senate race between Republican Sen. John Boozman and Democratic challenger Conner Eldridge. The secretary of state's office is estimating potentially 70 percent of Arkansas' 1.7 million voters will cast a ballot in the election.

Republican U.S. Sen. John Boozman launched his first negative television ad on Friday against Democratic challenger Conner Eldridge in his Arkansas re-election bid, portraying the former federal prosecutor as a gift from President Barack Obama to a predominantly conservative state.

The 30-second spot shows a box delivered to a home in Arkansas with the White House logo and the words "Contents: Conner Eldridge" emblazoned on the side. It features a narrator mimicking the president's voice as he reads a letter attached to the box.


The Arkansas Supreme Court says it won't reconsider its decision that votes on a casino-gambling issue not be counted this year.

The state's highest court Friday denied a request to take another look at its ruling disqualifying a Nov. 8 ballot measure that could have allowed casinos in Boone, Miller and Washington counties.

On the podcast this week:

-Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump face off in the final presidential debate this year. Trump says he won’t commit to accepting election results if he loses. What’s the Arkansas response?

-The state unemployment rate ticks up in September. Meanwhile Gov. Hutchinson tours China to talk trade and bring home some jobs.

-Arguments for and against Medical Marijuana ratchet up. We’ll talk TV ads, law enforcement and tax revenue ahead of the November 8th election.

Early voting begins Monday, October 24th.

Campaign finance reports show the Cherokee Nation gave $6 million to the group behind a casino legalization proposal that was disqualified from the November ballot, while a dog track and horse track gave more than $1.4 million to the campaign opposing it.