Runoffs On Tap in Three Arkansas Open-Seat Races

Posted May 18, 2010 at 11:21pm

Arkansas Democrats will have to wait for a June 8 runoff to determine whom the party’s nominees will be in this fall’s open-seat contests in the 1st and 2nd districts, while Republicans are headed to a runoff in the open 3rd district.

In the race to replace Rep. Vic Snyder (D) in the battleground 2nd district, Democrats will choose between state Sen. Joyce Elliott and state Speaker Robbie Wills. With 81 percent of precincts reporting, Elliott had 41 percent to Wills’ 28 percent. The winner will go on to face former U.S. Attorney Tim Griffin, who has been touted as a top recruit of national Republicans this cycle.

In the 1st district race to replace retiring Rep. Marion Berry (D), former state Sen. Tim Wooldridge will face off against Berry’s former chief of staff, Chad Causey, in the Democratic runoff. Wooldridge had 38 percent to Causey’s 27 percent, with 66 percent of precincts reporting.

The winner of that contest will face farm broadcaster Rick Crawford in a race in which the Democratic nominee will be favored.

Meanwhile, Republicans will face their own runoff in the safely Republican district represented by Rep. John Boozman, who won the GOP Senate nomination outright on Tuesday. One of the candidates in that race will be Rogers Mayor Steve Womack (R), who led the crowded field with 30 percent of the vote with 44 percent of precincts reporting. Womack appears set to face either state Sen. Cecile Bledsoe (R) or former state Sen. Gunner DeLay (R) in that contest.