Arkansas Election 2014

Election voting
Sarah Whites-Koditschek / KUAR News

Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin says the Nov. 4 general election results have been certified.

Martin announced the certification Thursday, saying about half of the 1.7 million people registered to vote in Arkansas cast ballots in the election.

Under Arkansas election law, counties must certify results to the Secretary of State's Office no later than 15 days after the election.

The delay allows overseas military citizens time to ensure their votes are counted in accordance with the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act.

The Political Animals Club assembled Thursday for a post-election panel of political reporters and commentators. John Brummett (Democrat-Gazette), Skip Rutherford (Clinton School Dean), Max Brantley (Arkansas Times), and Roby Brock (Talk Business and Politics) gave their thoughts on the midterm elections, the new political landscape, and what Arkansas may look like in the years ahead.

John Brummett was the first to answer moderator Rex Nelson’s request for a prediction on newly elected Republican U.S. Senator Tom Cotton.

File. Gov. Asa Hutchinson's chief of staff Michael Lamoureux when he was a state senator from Russellville.
Arkansas Times

This week Republican Michael Lamoureux resigned his position as President Pro Tem of the state Senate to serve as Chief of Staff for Governor-elect Asa Hutchinson. What becomes of this void in the state Senate? We just held elections, what’s in store for the communities surrounding Russellville?

Sec. of State Mark Martin (R) / Secretary of State's Office

The Arkansas Secretary of State's Office says nearly half of Arkansas' registered voters cast ballots in this year's general election. Secretary of State Mark Martin says about 49 percent of the state's 1.7 million voters cast ballots in the recent election.

That's up from the most recent midterm election in 2010, when 47.6 percent of Arkansas' 1.6 million registered voters participated. This year's numbers are slightly below Martin's projection of 51 percent voter turnout.

State Rep. Warwick Sabin (D-Little Rock)
Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

From KUAR News in Little Rock I’m Jacob Kauffman. Democratic State Representative Warwick Sabin is on the line, thanks for joining us.

Sabin: You’re welcome.

Asa Hutchinson
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Arkansas Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson is hiring the outgoing state Senate president as his new chief of staff.

Hutchinson on Wednesday announced that he was hiring Sen. Michael Lamoureux of Russellville and that the Russellville lawmaker would also serve as transition director. Hutchinson, a Republican, defeated Democratic nominee Mike Ross in Tuesday's governor's race.

Lamoureux has served as state Senate president since 2013 and was first elected to the chamber in a special election in 2009. Lamoureux was re-elected to a four year term in 2012.

Doyle Webb
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Arkansas Republicans are shifting their focus to governing the day after sweeping Arkansas' top offices, while Democrats tried to assess their future following a rout up and down in the ballot in a state they had once dominated.

State GOP Chairman Doyle Webb told reporters Wednesday that his party must follow through on its campaign promises to cut taxes and limit government.

The GOP swept all statewide and federal offices on the ballot in Tuesday's election.

Republican state Rep. Bruce Westerman has won a U.S. House seat representing south Arkansas.

Westerman defeated Democrat James Lee Witt and Libertarian Ken Hamilton on Tuesday. The 4th Congressional District seat also includes portions of western Arkansas and is being vacated by Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton. Cotton was elected to the U.S. Senate on Tuesday.

Republican congressman Rick Crawford has been elected to his third term representing eastern Arkansas in the U.S. House.

Crawford defeated Democrat Jackie McPherson and Libertarian Brian Willhite in Tuesday's election. The 1st Congressional District includes most of the Mississippi River Delta region and stretches west to include portions of the Ozarks.

Republican U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin has been elected Arkansas' new lieutenant governor.

Griffin defeated Democrat John Burkhalter and Libertarian Chris Olson in Tuesday's contest. The two-term congressman succeeds former Lt. Gov. Mark Darr, who resigned earlier this year amid an ethics investigation.

Griffin opted not to run for re-election to Congress, saying he wanted to spend more time in Little Rock with his family. He entered the lieutenant governor's race in February after Darr's resignation.