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Thursday, March 3, 2016

The Trump vote in Arkansas: Who's out of touch?

Posted By on Thu, Mar 3, 2016 at 7:28 AM

My e-mail included this letter signed by Dito Morales of Little Rock on the outcome of the Republican presidential primary, a victory by Donald Trump despite enormous support of Marco Rubio among establishment Republican figures, particularly Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

Good question:

In a historic turnaround, Republicans swept the Arkansas congressional delegation, state house, and Governor's Mansion after the election of Pres. Obama. Their victories were decidedly lopsided against their Democratic opponents, who were mercilessly characterized as "out of touch" with Arkansas' conservative values.

Apart from Sen. Tom Cotton, the entire upper echelon of this new Arkansas Republican leadership endorsed Marco Rubio (including Gov. Asa Hutchinson, former Karl Rove aid Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin, US Congressmen Rick Crawford and Steve Womack, Speaker of the House Jeremy Gillam, and 28 other state lawmakers).

So what does it mean when this new Republican leadership tries to lead state Republicans to Marco Rubio, and are handed a solid defeat by Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, who earned 33% and 31% of the Republican vote to Rubio's 25% ?

Can these lawmakers still claim to represent the interests of Arkansas Republicans, or are they now "out of touch" with Arkansas' conservative values?

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