Arkansas Governor Discusses His Easy Win For Another Term

Nov 7, 2018

Gov. Asa Hutchinson speaking to supporters just before the 2014 election. On Tuesday he was elected to a second term.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

During an election night where many governors’ races across the country were considered toss-ups, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson enjoyed a comfortable lead going into Tuesday's election. He easily won re-election against Democratic opponent Jared Henderson.

Hutchinson’s victory was declared early in the evening, winning 65 percent of the vote, according to preliminary results from the Arkansas Secretary of State.

In an interview with KUAR News, Hutchinson outlined a few policies he will be focusing on going forward.

"I campaigned hard that we need a new highway plan in Arkansas, we need to raise teacher pay by $4,000 over the next four years, we need to transform state government as I’ve outlined." 

Hutchinson said it’s clear Arkansans approve of his visions for the state.

"I consider whenever we win that the voters say that’s a good plan for the future, so I’ll be bringing that to the Arkansas General Assembly."

When asked about a higher rate of voter turnout in Arkansas compared to previous years, Hutchinson said he was glad to see it.

"That is good, whether you’re red or you’re blue, Democrat or Republican, that is just great stuff. And so, I want people to participate. They’ve done that, but it also shows with heavy turnout we can win."