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  •  The polls say no for now (3+ / 0-)
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    but he did win election as Lt. Governor, so I am hopeful. Arkansas is a strange state however.  For most of its history Arkansas has elected Democrats to state level position. while putting Republicans in national level positions.  But I have to be honest the group of Republicans out there is not a good crop.  None of them have any real name recognition and several of them have already made gaffes before the primary season starts.  We'll just have to see.

    •  No, no, no (14+ / 0-)

      You are correct that at the state level Arkansas has always elected Democrats (except for Huckabee, who incidentally, started as Lt. Governor - just like Halter). But this is simply not true:

      For most of its history Arkansas has elected Democrats to state level position. while putting Republicans in national level positions.

      With the exception of Tim Hutchinson's one term (1997), you have to go back more than 100 years --to 1887 -- to find another Repub Senator from Arkansas. And excepting the Third District (Wal-Mart/Tyson), you have to go back nearly that far to find a Repub. Representative from Arkansas. The exception there is Tommy Robinson's one term in 1989 (2nd District) and Jay Dickey's one term in 1993 (4th District). The Arkansas delegation has been heavily Democratic since the Civil War.

      Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber. ---Plato

      by carolita on Thu Mar 04, 2010 at 08:29:44 AM PST

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      •  I stant corrected (4+ / 0-)
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        thank you carolita

      •  For President, though (1+ / 0-)
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        Last three cycles, it went R.  And probably only went D in 1992 and 1996 because of Clinton.  

        "This world demands the qualities of youth: not a time of life but a state of mind[.]" -- Robert F. Kennedy

        by Loge on Thu Mar 04, 2010 at 09:26:10 AM PST

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        •  And the trend is further to the right (0+ / 0-)

          McCain increased his vote share over Bush's.

          "This world demands the qualities of youth: not a time of life but a state of mind[.]" -- Robert F. Kennedy

          by Loge on Thu Mar 04, 2010 at 09:26:41 AM PST

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        •  But you have to consider (4+ / 0-)

          that Obama had almost no presence in Arkansas at all -- never campaigned here, didn't even have a field office until September '08. At that, at least 30 of Arkansas' counties went for Obama. Had he made any effort at all here, those numbers would have been much higher.

          I understand that he conceded Arkansas to Hillary in the primaries (although he could have done better here if he had tried at all even then), but I don't know why he dissed the state in the general. It might not have been intentional, but a lot of Dems felt that way at the time. As a result, he got almost no independent voters, and fewer Dem votes than the Democratic gubernatorial candidate, even in majority-black counties. It is easy to discount that as racism, but that is at least partially refuted by the fact that many counties elected black Democratic representatives and senators at the state level.  

          Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber. ---Plato

          by carolita on Thu Mar 04, 2010 at 09:37:25 AM PST

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