2016 United States House of Representatives elections in Arkansas

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2016 United States House of Representatives elections in Arkansas

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All 4 Arkansas seats to the United States House of Representatives
  Majority party Minority party Third party
 
Party Republican Libertarian Democratic
Last election 4 0 0
Seats won 4 0 0
Seat change Steady Steady Steady
Popular vote 760,415 196,512 111,347
Percentage 71.16% 18.39% 10.42%
Swing Increase 9.83% Increase 10.42% Decrease 20.22%

The 2016 United States House of Representatives elections in Arkansas were held on Tuesday, November 6, 2016 to elect the four U.S. Representatives from the state of Arkansas, one from each of the state's four congressional districts. The elections coincided with the elections of other federal and state offices, including President of the United States. The primaries were held on March 1.

Although Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson only obtained 2.6% of the vote in Arkansas during the coinciding presidential election, Libertarian candidates for the U.S. House amounted to a total of 18.4% of the popular vote, a 10.4% swing from 2014 when the total was 8%. This huge swing was attributed to several factors:

  1. the Libertarian Party was the only third party to file for ballot status in the House elections;
  2. the Democratic Party did not field any candidates for races in the 1st, 3rd, and 4th congressional districts;
  3. this in turn allowing the Libertarian candidates to obtain over 20% of the vote in these races.

The Democratic Party as a result finished 3rd in the popular vote in Arkansas, with its vote total amounting to 10.4%.

District 1[edit]

Rick Crawford, the incumbent representative and member of the Republican Party, ran for reelection.[1]

Mark West was the Libertarian nominee.[2]

There was no Democratic nominee for this election.

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

Arkansas' 1st congressional district, 2016[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Rick Crawford (incumbent) 183,866 76.3
Libertarian Mark West 57,181 23.7
Total votes 241,047 100.0
Republican hold

District 2[edit]

Republican French Hill, the incumbent representative, ran for reelection.[1]

Dianne Curry of the Democratic Party, a former member of the Little Rock School Board and the Arkansas Division of Volunteerism, challenged Hill.[4]

Chris Hayes, the Libertarian nominee for this seat in 2012 and for Arkansas State Treasurer in 2014, was the Libertarian nominee.[2]

Republican primary[edit]

Republican primary results[5]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican French Hill (incumbent) 86,474 84.5
Republican Brock Olree 15,811 15.5
Total votes 102,285 100.0

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

Arkansas' 2nd congressional district, 2016[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican French Hill (incumbent) 176,472 58.4
Democratic Dianne Curry 111,347 36.8
Libertarian Chris Hayes 14,342 4.7
n/a Write-ins 303 0.1
Total votes 302,464 100.0
Republican hold

District 3[edit]

Republican Steve Womack ran for reelection.[1]

Nathan LaFrance, the Libertarian nominee for U.S. Senate in 2014, was the Libertarian nominee.[2][6]

There was no Democratic nominee for this election.

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

Arkansas' 3rd congressional district, 2016[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Steve Womack (incumbent) 217,192 77.3
Libertarian Steve Isaacson 63,715 22.7
Total votes 280,907 100.0
Republican hold

District 4[edit]

Republican Bruce Westerman ran for reelection.[1]

Kerry Hicks was the Libertarian nominee.[2]

There was no Democratic nominee for this election.

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

Arkansas' 4th congressional district, 2016[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bruce Westerman (incumbent) 182,885 74.9
Libertarian Kerry Hicks 61,274 25.1
Total votes 244,159 100.0
Republican hold

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Wickline, Michael R. (July 24, 2015). "GOP hopefuls to pay '12 fees in '16 primary". Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d Brawner, Steve (October 25, 2015). "Arkansas Libertarians Nominate 23, Including Full Congressional Slate". Talk Business & Politics. Retrieved October 27, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d "2016 General Election and Nonpartisan Runoff Election Official County Results". Arkansas Secretary of State. Retrieved December 14, 2016.
  4. ^ Lyon, John (August 27, 2015). "Curry Announces Bid For 2nd District Congressional Seat". Southwest Times Record. Retrieved August 27, 2015.
  5. ^ "Preferential Primary and Nonpartisan General Election Official Results". Arkansas Secretary of State. Retrieved March 22, 2016.
  6. ^ "Libertarian LaFrance Announces He Will Challenge Cong. Steve Womack". Talk Business & Politics. July 8, 2015. Retrieved October 21, 2015.