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Arkansas - 3rd District

Incumbent -- John Boozman (R) ; Defeated Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D

Safe Republican
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Updated Oct. 14, 2010

Of the three open House seats in Arkansas, the 3rd district is the least competitive. That's because it has long been a Republican bastion in an otherwise historically Democratic state.

Boozman has had little trouble winning re-election in the district since taking the seat in a 2001 special election. Democrats didn't even offer a candidate in 2008 despite a national environment that was in their favor.

Rogers Mayor Steve Womack is the Republican nominee and the overwhelming favorite to replace Boozman.

Democrats selected former Fayetteville Assistant City Attorney David Whitaker as their nominee and sacrificial offering.

 

District Information

District Profile from Politics in America

Arkansas' hilly northwest subscribes to a blend of rugged and religious conservatism rooted in both mountain ranges and suburbia. Rough terrain gives way to retail outlets, interstates and the Arkansas River valley at the southern edge of the district.

Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale and Fayetteville form the commercial hub of the district. Hometown giants Wal-Mart Stores in Bentonville and Tyson Foods in Springdale provide jobs, as does the University of Arkansas' flagship campus in Fayetteville, but this fast-growing metropolitan corridor is not immune to economic instability. Further south, Fort Smith -- the state's manufacturing hub, focusing on appliances and home improvement products -- is the site of a new Mitsubishi wind turbine plant.

Anchored by the Ozark National Forest to the south and Beaver Lake in the north, the area lures tens of thousands of visitors each year. Outdoor enthusiasts take in the scenery and history buffs visit Civil War sites such as Pea Ridge National Military Park, as well as the museums and landmarks in Fort Smith, which cover everything from the founding of the namesake fort to the Belle Grove Historic District. Religion-oriented tourism in Carroll County conveys the local conservative, Bible Belt character.

The 3rd, a solidly GOP district, has sent Republicans to Congress since the 1966 election. John Boozman took 68 percent of his former district's U.S. Senate vote in 2010.

Major Industry

Retail, tourism, agriculture, manufacturing

Cities

Fort Smith, 86,209; Fayetteville, 73,580; Springdale, 69,797; Rogers, 55,964

Notable

Eureka Springs boasts the 67-foot-tall Christ of the Ozarks statue.

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