The State Houses – What’s At Stake in 2010

Thirty-nine states will be electing a governor during the 2009-2010 election cycle. Of these, eighteen races will not include an incumbent and four incumbents who will be running were not elected to their current position. The recession and huge budget deficits threaten to undercut the power of incumbency for governors running for reelection.

The Current Line-Up

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Incumbent: Mike Beebe (D) Term-limited

Primary Election: May 18, 2010
Primary Run-off (if necessary): June 8, 2010
General Election: November 2, 2010

STATUS: OPEN SEAT
RATING: Lean Republican

Democrats:
Bill Halter
Keith Ingram
Mike Ross

Republicans:
Asa Hutchinson
Curtis Coleman

RECENT ELECTION RETURNS:
2002 Result: Huckabee wins 53%-47%.
2006 Result:
Beebe wins 56%-41%.

Arkansas Gubernatorial Headlines

Local Blogs/Media
The Arkansas Project

Local State Resources:
Arkansas SecState Elections

PollWatch:
Talk Business: Asa Hutchinson is the front-runner for governor in 2014 (2/24/13)
Talk Business: Beebe job approval stands at 64-19% (9/26/12)
Arkansas Poll: Beebe’s job approval rating above 70% (10/26/11)
Talk Business: Beebe maintains 67% job approval rating (4/21/11)
Rasmussen: Beebe crushing Keet, 60-38% (10/28/10)
CNN/TIME: Beebe cruising over Keet, 62-35% (10/19/10)
Rasmussen: Beebe still holds double-digit lead, 51-41% (9/30/10)
Talk Business: Beebe’s lead widens, 49-35% (9/28/10)
Rasmussen: Beebe’s lead grows to twenty points, 53-33 (8/18/10)
Rasmussen: Beebe’s advantage narrows, now leads Keet 50-40 (7/20/10)
Talk Business: Beebe holds lead over Keet, 50-41 (7/18/10)
Rasmussen: Beebe’s huge lead gets even bigger (6/15/10)
Rasmussen: Beebe holds big lead over GOP challenger, 53-38 (5/19/10)
Research 200/DKos: Beebe remains extremely popular fave ratings 64-24 (5/12/10)
PPP: Beebe looks ahead to 2010 campaign with 63-17 approval rating (pdf) (8/27/09)
Talk Business Quarterly Opinion Arkansas Poll: Beebe at 77% approval (pdf) (8/12/09)