Monday, November 9, 2009

Republican field growing

Posted By on Mon, Nov 9, 2009 at 4:59 PM

Former Arkansas Farm Bureau President Stanley Reed, the Marianna farmer and lawyer, indicated a few weeks ago that he was still considering a Republican race for U.S. Senate. A freshet of talk today indicates that talk is growing more serious. Reed doesn't take my calls -- perhaps following the example of his main financial backer, real estate developer Jim Lindsey. But two different Republican sources say to take this stepped-up buzz seriously.

Could Reed's entry clear some of the chaff from the big announced field? That's the thinking in some quarters. But I still don't know how you dope a Republican primary with a variety of regionally identifiable candidates and the scattered pockets of heavy Republican vote concentration.

 

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