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ELECTION 98 MAIN | | REMOTE NAVIGATOR

ARKANSAS

Race Summary

Governor    (2604 of 2662 precincts reporting)
Bristow (D) 39%     Huckabee (R) * 60%    
Senate    (2656 of 2662 precincts reporting)
Lincoln (D) * 56%     Boozman (R) 43%    
House 01    (0 of 0 precincts reporting)
Berry (D) * 0%    
House 02    (472 of 472 precincts reporting)
Snyder (D) * 58%     Wyrick (R) 42%    
House 03    (689 of 689 precincts reporting)
Hutchinson (R) * 81%    
House 04    (815 of 816 precincts reporting)
Smith (D) 42%     Dickey (R) * 58%    
Updated November 04, 1998 03:39 P.M. EST

TOP RACES

GOVERNOR: (OPEN) Mike Huckabee(R) assumed office in July 1996 (he was Lt. Gov.) when then-Gov. Jim Guy Tucker (D) resigned after being convicted for making fraudulent loans in the Whitewater land deal. Huckabee is seeking his first full term. His challenger is attorney Bill Bristow(D).
Stuart Rothenberg's Race at a Glance

SENATE: (OPEN) Sen. Dale Bumpers (D), first elected in 1974, is retiring. The candidates are former U.S. Rep. Blanche Lambert Lincoln (D), State Sen. Fay Boozman (R), and Charles Heffley (I).
Stuart Rothenberg's Race at a Glance


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1998 POLLS

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POLL HOURS

8:30 a.m. ET (7:30 a.m. CT) to 8:30 p.m. ET (7:30 p.m. CT)


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SENATOR AND GOVERNOR NOT UP IN 1998

Sen. Tim Hutchinson (R); first elected 1996; next election in 2002.


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VACANCIES

1998 vacancies list


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HOUSE DISTRICTS

  • CD1 (Northeast; Jonesboro; West Memphis):
    Marion Berry (inc.) (D); no Republican candidate
  • CD2 (Central; Little Rock):
    Vic Snyder (inc.) (D); Phil Wyrick (R)
  • CD3 (Northwest; Fort Smith; Fayetteville):
    No Democratic candidate; Asa Hutchinson (inc.) (R)
  • CD4 (South; Pine Bluff; Hot Springs):
    Judy Smith (D); Jay Dickey (inc.) (R)


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    PRIMARY DATE

    May 19

    Primary results

    (June 9 runoff)

    Runoff results


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    FILING DEADLINE

    March 31


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    STATEWIDE BALLOT MEASURES

    Total Numbers: 4


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    PARTY CONTROL

    Governor: Republican
    U.S. Senate: 1 Democrat, 1 Republican
    U.S. House of Representatives: 2 Democrats, 2 Republicans
    State Senate: 28 Democrats, 7 Republicans
    State House of Representatives: 86 Democrats, 14 Republicans


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    STATE LEGISLATIVE ELECTIONS

    Senate: 18 seats up
    House: All 100 seats up


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    PARTY REGISTRATION

    None

    State Projected Voting Age Population: 1,873,000 (1996)
    Registered Voters: (As of 9/98) 1,921,565

    
       Republicans:     1,000,229    52%
    
       Democrats:         903,332    47%
    
       Libertarian Party:  17,279   0.9%
    
       Reform Party:          725   0.04%
    
    

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    ELECTORAL VOTES

    8


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    PRESIDENTIAL VOTING HISTORY

    Clinton won in 1996; Clinton in 1992; Bush in 1988; Reagan in 1984; Reagan in 1980; Carter in 1976; Nixon in 1972; Wallace in 1968; Johnson in 1964; Kennedy in 1960.

    LAST TIME VOTED DEMOCRATIC FOR PRESIDENT: 1996

    PRESIDENTIAL VOTE IN 1996:

    Clinton: 54%
    Dole: 37%
    Perot: 8%
    Other: 2%

    PRESIDENTIAL VOTE IN 1992:

    Clinton: 53.2%
    Bush: 35.5%
    Perot: 10.4%

    PRESIDENTIAL VOTE IN 1988:

    Bush: 56%
    Dukakis: 42%

    PRESIDENTIAL VOTE IN 1984:

    Reagan: 60%
    Mondale: 38%

    PRESIDENTIAL VOTE IN 1980:

    Reagan: 48.1%
    Carter: 47.5%
    Anderson: 2.7%


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    PAST EXIT POLLS

    1992:

    1994:

    1996:


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    TURNOUT

    Historical voter turnout as a percentage of the voting age population 1996-1960


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    DEMOGRAPHICS

    Population: 2,510,000 (1996)
    (% of voting age population)

    White: 85.1%
    African American: 13.6%
    Asian:
    Native American:
    Other/Undeclared: 1.2%

    Persons of Hispanic origin account for 1.0% of the voting population (from 1990 Census)


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    STATE TIDBITS

    State Capital: Little Rock
    State Nickname: The Natural State

    Arkansas made civil rights history in 1957 when Gov. Orval Faubus resisted integration, using the National Guard to defend segregation at Little Rock's Central High School. Despite Democratic native son Bill Clinton in the White House, the past two elections have seen a rise in Republican turnout. Where Arkansas Democrats in 1992 held the governorship, all lower state offices, both Senate seats and three out of four House seats, things changed drastically during the next election cycle. As of January 1997, Republicans held the governorship, one Senate seat and two of four House seats. Junior Sen. Tim Hutchinson is a prime example of the Republican trend in Arkansas -- elected in 1996, Hutchinson is the first Republican senator from the state since 1879.


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    RELATED SITES

    NOTE: External sites will open in a new browser window.

    Government:

    Arkansas Secretary of State Home Page
    http://www.sosweb.state.ar.us/
    Arkansas Elections Home Page
    http://www.sosweb.state.ar.us/elect.html
    Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's Home Page
    http://www.state.ar.us/governor/
    Arkansas State Senate
    http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/scripts/ablr/members/sen.idc?Mtype=S
    Arkansas State House of Representatives
    http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/scripts/ablr/members/rep.idc?Mtype=R

    News Media:

    CNN Affiliates

    KATV ABC (Little Rock)
    http://www.katv.com/news/index.html

    State Newspapers

    Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
    http://www.ardemgaz.com/
    Arkansas Times
    http://www.arktimes.com

    General Interest:

    The White House
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/WH/Welcome.html
    The House of Representatives
    http://www.house.gov/
    The Senate
    http://www.senate.gov/
    Library of Congress -- The Legislative Branch
    http://lcweb.loc.gov/global/legislative/congress.html
    Congressional Quarterly's American Voter
    http://voter.cq.com/
    Congressional Quarterly's VoteWatch
    http://pathfinder.com/CQ/
    THOMAS: Legislative Information on the Internet
    http://thomas.loc.gov/
    Federal Election Commission
    http://www.fec.gov/
    Democratic National Committee
    http://www.democrats.org/
    Republican National Committee
    http://www.rnc.org/
    Project Vote Smart
    http://www.vote-smart.org
    Policy.com
    http://www.policy.com/


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    Updated: October 25, 1998



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