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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Whither the GOP

Posted By on Tue, May 26, 2009 at 11:21 AM

Andrew DeMillo's weekly analysis looks at Republican stumbles as the party tries to build strength in Arkansas.

Here's a point not mentioned in this piece, which focuses on the top of the ticket. More than one Republican has outlined to me a plausible scenario for the GOP's first major state legislative pickups in years in 2010. They talk as many as five seats in the Senate. It's early yet and the strength of the Democratic response will be a factor, naturally. But there are some long-time Democratic seats coming open in McCain counties. One interesting question is whether the wannabes present a slightly more moderate face to voters or hew to the familiar litany of social issue rants.

Speaking of 2010: State Rep. Monty Davenport announced today his plans to run to succeed term-limited Mark Wilcox as state land commissioner.

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