Arkansas elections, 2010

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Arkansas's 2010 general elections were held November 2, 2010. Primaries were held May 18, 2010 and runoffs, if necessary, were held November 23, 2010. Arkansas elected seven constitutional officers, 17 of 35 state senate seats, all 100 house seats and 28 district prosecuting attorneys, and voted on one constitutional amendment and one referred question. Non-partisan judicial elections were held the same day as the party primaries for four Supreme Court justices, four appeals circuit court judges, and eight district court judges.

Federal

United States Senate

Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln ran unsuccessfully for re-election against Republican John Boozman. Arkansas had previously only elected one Republican senator since the Reconstruction, who was defeated after his first term in 2002 by Mark Pryor. Lincoln faced Lieutenant Governor Bill Halter and narrowly won the primary contest.

Democratic primary

The Democratic primary was held on May 18, 2010, with early voting from May 3–17. As no candidate received 50 percent of the vote, a runoff election was held on June 8, with early voting from June 1–7.1

Candidates
Results
Democratic primary results4
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Blanche Lincoln (Incumbent) 146,579 44.5%
Democratic Bill Halter 140,081 42.5%
Democratic D.C. Morrison 42,695 13.0%
Totals 329,355 100%
Lincoln counties in blue, Halter counties in green.
Democratic primary runoff results5
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Blanche Lincoln (Incumbent) 134,758 52.0%
Democratic Bill Halter 124,405 48.0%
Totals 259,163 100%

Republican primary

The Republican primary was held on May 18, 2010, with early voting from May 3–17.

Candidates
  • Randy Alexander, University of Arkansas Housing Director; Vice Chair, Washington County Tea Party6
  • Gilbert Baker, state senator7
  • John Boozman, U.S. Representative8
  • Curtis Coleman, businessman9
  • Kim Hendren, State Senate Minority Leader10
  • Jim Holt, former state senator and Lincoln's 2004 opponent11
  • Fred Ramey, real estate investment company owner12
  • Conrad Reynolds, retired Army colonel13
Results
Republican primary results14
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Boozman 75,010 52.7%
Republican Jim Holt 24,826 17.5%
Republican Gilbert Baker 16,540 11.6%
Republican Conrad Reynolds 7,128 5.0%
Republican Curtis Coleman 6,928 4.9%
Republican Kim Hendren 5,551 3.9%
Republican Randy Alexander 4,389 3.1%
Republican Fred Ramey 1,888 1.3%
Totals 142,260 100%

United States Senate election results

Lincoln counties in blue, Boozman counties in red.
United States Senate election in Arkansas, 20101516
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican John Boozman 451,617 57.90% +13.83%
Democratic Blanche Lincoln (incumbent) 288,156 36.95% -18.95%
Libertarian Trevor Drown 25,234 3.24% +3.24%
Green John Gray 14,430 1.85% +1.85%
Majority 163,461 20.95%
Turnout 779,437 37.5%
Republican gain from Democratic Swing

United States House

All four of Arkansas's seats in the United States House of Representatives were up for election in 2010. Only one of the four incumbents sought re-election, Democrat Mike Ross of District 4.

Results U.S. Congress District 01

Crawford counties in red, Causey counties in blue.

This is an open seat, as Democratic incumbent Marion Berry was retiring. Berry has always been reelected in this district by a wide margin since his first reelection campaign in 1998, and was unopposed in 2008. The district is very Republican (giving only 38% to Obama) on a national level despite a long history of electing Democrats to local and state level offices.

U.S. Congress District 01 election17
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Rick Crawford 93,224 51.79%
Democratic Chad Causey 78,267 43.48%
Green Ken Adler 8,320 4.62%
Write-ins 205 0.11%
Totals 180,016 100%
Republican gain from Democratic

Results U.S. Congress District 02

Griffin counties in red, Elliott counties in blue.

This district was represented by seven term Democrat Vic Snyder who was unchallenged in 2008 and received 70% of the vote. Snyder announced that he would retire in 2010, reportedly after polls showed him trailing Republican Tim Griffin.18

U.S. Congress District 02 election19
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tim Griffin 122,091 57.90%
Democratic Senator Joyce Elliott 80,687 38.27%
Independent Lance Levi 4,421 2.10%
Green Lewis Kennedy 3,599 1.71%
Write-ins 54 0.03%
Totals 210,852 100%
Republican gain from Democratic

Results U.S. Congress District 03

Womack counties in red, Whitaker counties in blue.

This district was represented by Republican John Boozman. Boozman ran for the U.S. Senate, against Blanche Lincoln.20 The district (comprising the northwest part of the state) has been held by the GOP since 1966.

U.S. Congress District 03 election17
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Steve Womack 148,581 72.44%
Democratic David Whitaker 56,542 27.56%
Totals 205,123 100%
Republican hold

Results U.S. Congress District 04

Ross counties in blue, Rankin counties in red.
U.S. Congress District 04 election21
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mike Ross (incumbent) 102,479 57.53%
Republican Beth Anne Rankin 71,526 40.15%
Green Josh Drake 4,129 2.32%
Totals 178,134 100%
Democratic hold

State

Constitutional Officers

Governor

Democratic Party
Republican Party
Green Party
Write-in
  • Billy Roper, Tea Party write-in candidate controversial for wanting an end to non-whites in the country and founder of the group White Revolution.
Results

Incumbent Mike Beebe won every county in Arkansas with between 52.10% and 85.44% of the votes.24

Gubernatorial election1625
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Mike Beebe 503,336 64.4 +9.1
Republican Jim Keet 262,783 33.6 -7.4
Green Jim Lendall 14,513 1.9 + 0.2
Write-ins 700 0.1 0
Turnout 781,332 37.57%
Democratic hold Swing +9.1

Lieutenant governor

Incumbent Lieutenant Governor Bill Halter is running for Senate and was not seeking re-election as Lieutenant Governor.

Results
Darr counties in red, Broadway counties in blue.
Lieutenant gubernatorial election1626
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mark Darr 386,693 51.05%
Democratic Senator Shane Broadway 369,538 48.95%
Voter turnout 36.36%
Republican gain from Democratic

Secretary of State

Martin counties in red, O'Brien counties in blue.

Democrat incumbent Charlie Daniels was term-limited and instead he ran for State Auditor.

Secretary of State election1627
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mark Martin 392,468 51.33%
Democratic Pat O'Brien 372,123 48.67%
Voter turnout 36.86%
Republican gain from Democratic

Attorney general

Incumbent Dustin McDaniel won every county in Arkansas with between 59.71% and 88.28% of the votes.24

Attorney general election1627
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Dustin McDaniel (incumbent) 525,940 72.76%
Green Rebekah Kennedy 193,658 26.79%
Write-ins Marc Rosson 1,902 0%
Voter turnout 34.69%
Democratic hold

Treasurer

Incumbent Martha Shoffner won every county in Arkansas with between 53.43% and 87.67% of the votes.24

Treasurer election1628
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Martha Shoffner (incumbent) 479,701 67.54%
Green Bobby Tullis 230,594 32.46%
Voter turnout 34.15%
Democratic hold

Auditor of State

Democratic incumbent Jim Wood was term-limited. Charlie Daniels won every county in Arkansas with between 58.52% and 88.51% of the votes.24

Auditor of State election1629
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Charlie Daniels 506,606 70.65%
Green Mary Hughes-Willis 210,476 29.35%
Voter turnout 34.48%
Democratic hold

Commissioner of State Lands

Thurston counties in red, Bryant counties in blue.

Democrat incumbent Commissioner Mark Wilcox was term-limited.

Commissioner of State Lands election1630
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John M. Thurston 396,263 52.68%
Democratic LJ Bryant 355,996 47.32%
Voter turnout 36.17%
Republican gain from Democratic

General Assembly

State Senate

Half of the thirty-file members of the Arkansas Senate were up for election in 2010.

State House of Representatives

All 100 seats in the Arkansas House of Representatives were up for election in 2010.

Judicial positions

Multiple judicial positions were up for election in 2010.

Ballot measures

Three statewide ballot questions have been certified:
1. Right to hunt, fish and trap wildlife
2. Establish criteria before authorizing the issuance of bonds
3. Lower the threshold for issuing state bonds to attract major industries

Results

Amendment 131 Amendment 232 Amendment 333
Votes % Votes % Votes %
For 612,495 82.78% 448,711 64.20% 431,724 62.35 %
Against 127,444 17.22% 250,167 35.80% 260,735 37.65%
Approved Approved Approved

Local

Many elections for county offices were also be held on November 2, 2010.

References

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