Arkansas: Incumbents Have Free Rides This Election Day
For being known as the Land of Opportunity, Arkansas’ 2008 Congressional outlook has turned out to be be rather dull. Monday’s filing deadline passed without a single member of the delegation picking up a challenger from the opposite party this year.
Not even Sen. Mark Pryor (D), who was facing his first re-election since knocking off incumbent Sen. Tim Hutchinson (R) in 2002, picked up an opponent. Before his presidential campaign picked up momentum earlier this year, it was thought that former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) might drop into the Senate race and make the contest competitive.
More recently it had been rumored that perennial Republican candidate Tom Formicola was considering a bid against Pryor, but perhaps the Senator’s $3.6 million in cash on hand at the end of 2007 scared him off.
— John McArdle