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Arkansas Candidate Filing Period Comes to a Close

Thursday, March 1 marked the deadline for the 2018 Arkansas candidate filing period. According to the Arkansas Secretary of State, 22 candidates filed for U.S. Congress, and 22 candidates filed for State Constitutional Offices.

Four candidates, including two Democrats, one Libertarian and one Republican filed against incumbent Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson. Gov. Hutchinson faces a primary challenger in Republican Jan Morgan, an indoor shooting range owner from Hot Springs.

In the 1st Congressional District, incumbent Republican Congressman Rick Crawford will face Democrat candidate Chintan Desai and Libertarian Candidate Elvis Presley. 

In the 2nd Congressional District, four Democratic candidates, including State Rep. Clarke Tucker, filed to run against incumbent Republican Congressman French Hill.

In the 3rd Congressional District, incumbent Republican Congressman Steve Womack will face Republican Robb Ryerse in the Republican primary. Democrat candidate Joshua Mahony and Libertarian Candidate Michael Kalagias also filed for the 3rd Congressional District.

In the 4th Congressional District, incumbent Republican Congressman Bruce Westerman will face Randy Caldwell in the Republican primary. The general election of the 4th Congressional District will include Democrat candidate Hayden Shamel, Libertarian candidate Tom Canada, and two Independent candidates Michael Barrett and Lee McQueen.

In the Arkansas Legislature, 36 candidates filed for 19 Arkansas Senate seats, while 178 candidates filed for all 100 House seats up for election. The legislative races will include 58 general election races and 26 primaries, while eleven races will have both a primary and general election. In the House of Representatives, 21 seats are open, where nine will have primaries.

According to the Secretary of State, candidates filing by party is as follows:

  • Republican Party – 135
  • Democratic Party – 91
  • Libertarian Party – 25
  • Independent – 8

We’ll continue to post updates as these campaigns progress.