In an alphabetical list of the 50 states, four states begin with the letter ‘A’. It just so happens that all four are decidedly Republican. Like Alabama, Alaska and Arizona before it, Arkansas is deep red when it comes to national elections. This election cycle, Republicans will find a welcoming electorate here. The GOP nominee for president can expect to carry Arkansas by double-digits While Republican incumbent John Boozman can expect the same type of victory in the Arkansas senate election.
Look at Arkansas as a whole and you’ll find perhaps the reddest of the ‘A’ states. 2014 represented the culmination of years of shift away from the Democratic Party and toward the GOP. Republicans won every statewide race last election and now boast two Republican senators, a Republican governor and wholly Republican congressional delegation from the state’s four districts. And none of them is expected to be tested in 2016.
To view recent electoral history and see for yourself how this once-Democratic stronghold has become just the opposite since native son Bill Clinton won the presidency, be sure to check out EP’s Arkansas elections page. In addition to a wealth of past results, you’ll also find a summary of all congressional races and links to all the races I’m tracking here at Election Projection.