Skip to comments.Negative Coattails: Could Obama Cost Arkansas Democrats The Legislature?
Posted on 05/19/2012 8:37:16 AM PDT by Clintonfatigued
The president's weakness has created an opening for John Wolfe, a Tennessee lawyer and sometime congressional candidate, who took just 246 votes or 0.4 percent of the total in this year's New Hampshire primary.
Despite limited funds and in-state campaigning and robocalling, Wolfe appears poised to cut deeply into Obama's primary vote margin in Arkansas on Tuesday. One poll showed Obama up by only 7 percentage points in the state's conservative 4th congressional district.
Arkansas is the last Southern state remaining where Democrats have held onto their traditional majorities in the Legislature. But Republicans are now within striking distance there as well thanks, in part, to Obama.
"Republicans won a whole bunch of legislative seats they had never competed in before" in 2010, says Roby Brock, editor of TalkBusiness.net, which conducted the recent 4th District poll. "A lot of that was an anti-Obama vote they took out on people who were on the ballot as a whole."
With Obama on the ballot himself this fall, will Arkansans be satisfied voting against him, or will they take their feelings out on Democrats in general?
Because of state law requiring redrawn state Senate districts after each U.S. census, Arkansas voters will select the entire state Legislature on Nov. 6 all 100 House seats and all 35 Senate seats.
"The president has been unpopular here, and that has been magnified in parts of the state by his recent declaration of support for same-sex marriages," says Democratic state Sen. Steve Harrelson.
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This would be a political revolution. There is an outside chance that Obama could lose the Arkansas Democrat primary, which is astonishing in itself. A Republican-controlled legislature would be a golden opportunity.
Toxic totalitarian? Who’da thunkit?
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Well I just got back from Arkansas and all my Democrat family hate his guts. They are all voting for ‘anybody but Obama’.
The AR Democrat party is finally collapsing, which should’ve occurred a decade ago, but thanks to Huckster’s incompetence, he gave it a second wind. The Dems are only a few seats away from losing the legislature as it is, and when any seat comes open (unless it’s in a Black district or White urban liberal one), virtually any Republican with a pulse carries it (and in districts where they haven’t won anything since Reconstruction).
Until 2010, there were almost no Republicans in the legislature that came from districts outside the Little Rock suburbs or the NW corner/Ozarks (the latter being the traditional source of GOP strength in AR since the 1960s). So rapid is the realignment that after the 2014 elections, it’s likely there won’t be a single Democrat holding a statewide or federal office.
“This would be a political revolution.”
On display for the whole world to see. Obama will be known as the Herpes of politics.
“Obama will be known as the Herpes of politics.”
If Obama wins a second term, he could be the AIDS of politics, and you know what AIDS does. I agree that there are paralells to 1980, but this time we’re stuck with a lousy nominee, a record portion of the population on government assistance, and MSM more biased than ever before.
Obama will lose, period.