Democrats' Resurgence in Arkansas Looks Less Likely

Hayes ran in Arkansas' 2nd District last cycle, but lost. (Meredith Dake/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

With Hillary Rodham Clinton likely to be the Democratic presidential nominee, Democrats hoped that their party could make Arkansas competitive with the state's former first lady on the ballot.  

But with the state's filing deadline  having come and gone on Monday, Democrats failed to recruit candidates in three of the four House districts in the state, deflating Democrats' chances for an Arkansas resurgence in 2016.  

Democratic Challenger Raised More Than Boozman in Third Quarter

Boozman was out-raised in the third quarter by his Democratic rival. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Arkansas Democrat Conner Eldridge’s campaign said Thursday he raised $403,000 in the third quarter, a total well above the $359,000 raised by Sen. John Boozman, the Republican he is trying to unseat.  

The fundraising report came less than a month after Eldridge, a former U.S. attorney who was appointed by President Barack Obama, launched his campaign against the Arkansas Republican. “I am excited and encouraged by the momentum we have seen for our campaign in just 21 days,” Eldridge said in a statement.