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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Democrats gloat over House 54 win

Posted By on Wed, Jul 13, 2011 at 1:11 PM

Given the blizzard of Republican Party and aligned media noise about this race, you can understand the Democratic Party's desire to gloat a bit with the statement on the jump on Hudson Halllum's victory in the special state House race from Crittenden County. A win is a win. But this one should have been a W. And the winner looked, at a minimum, unprofessional by not cleaning up his social media before the election and by missing (perhaps on purpose) a campaign finance filing deadline.

The Republican message of a tight race amid rampant fraud proved faulty on both counts.

DEMOCRATIC PARTY STATEMENT


MEMORANDUM

TO: Interested Parties
FROM: Candace Martin, DPA
DATE: 7-13-11
SUBJECT: District 54 Special Election

An analysis of Tuesday’s election results in Arkansas’s special election for the vacant seat in District 54 leads to interesting potential conclusions.
Unofficial results from the race put the final vote tally at:

Democrat Hudson Hallum — 987
Independent D’James Rogers — 537
Republican John Geelan — 415

· In an area traditionally considered Democratic, many expected a Democratic win, but with a much closer margin between the Democratic and Republican candidates given the current political environment and the best Republican Party efforts from Little Rock. Yet, Democrat Hudson Hallum won with more than twice as many votes as his Republican opponent.

· Arkansas Republicans began honing their post-election message last week on online social networks, to the effect that a close race in a traditionally Democratic district was a herald of another Republican surge to come in November 2012. The election results rendered that message bogus.

· Even the Independent candidate outperformed the Republican candidate despite the state GOP’s best efforts on their candidate’s behalf. The Democratic candidate won despite the state GOP executive director being sent to the district on Election Day to try and disqualify absentee ballots cast by students, working people and seniors unable to vote at the polls on Election Day.

· Republican tactics of voter intimidation and disenfranchisement have been rampant across the country in the last decade, but Arkansas was largely immune from those ugly tactics, until now. Arkansas Republicans appear to have an organized effort to discount the votes and the voices of college students, working people and seniors that typically do not support the anti-middle class, anti-working families policies of the Arkansas Republican Party and its candidates.

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