The 2nd Congressional District race between U.S. Rep. French Hill, R-Little Rock, and State Sen. Joyce Elliott, D-Little Rock, continues to offer the most fireworks and intrigue.
A Talk Business & Politics-Hendrix College Poll released two weeks ago showed the race was 47.5%-46% in favor of Hill, the incumbent GOP Congressman. That same poll showed Gov. Asa Hutchinson with a 70% job approval rating among 2nd Congressional District voters, so it comes as no surprise that the popular Republican governor appears in a new TV ad in support of Hill.
The ad, which you can watch below, features Hutchinson complimenting Hill’s assistance in securing federal coronavirus funding for Arkansas. Hutchinson also notes that he served in Congress previously and “knows what it takes to fight for Arkansas in a broken Washington.” In the ad, Hutchinson also says Hill’s work helped “save lives and jobs.”
Gov. Hutchinson has had consistent strong marks for his handling of COVID-19 in public opinion polls, so his endorsement on this issue could prove valuable in improving Hill’s standing with voters. Hill has appeared in several press conferences with Hutchinson when he provided a daily coronavirus briefing.
Elliott campaign spokesperson Neil Goodman responded to the ad, saying, “Governor Hutchinson has signed 75 of Joyce Elliott’s bills into law — including crucial state COVID-19 funding — while Congressman Hill profits from COVID-19 relief and voted to keep the federal bailout secret.”