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Thread: Why did the GOP contest only 1 of the 4 Congress House seats in Arkansas in 2008?

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    Default Why did the GOP contest only 1 of the 4 Congress House seats in Arkansas in 2008?

    The results were as follows :

    District 1
    Marion Berry (Democrat) Unopposed

    District 2
    Vic Snyder (Democrat) 76.5%
    Deb McFarland (Green) 23.2%
    Danial Suits (Write-In) 0.2%

    District 3
    John Boozman (Republican) 78.5%
    Abel Tomlinson (Green) 21.5%

    Source : Wikipedia

    District 4
    Mike Ross (Democrat) 86.2%
    Joshua Drake (Green 13.8%)

    Anyone have an explanation?
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    In fact, there was not a single district that had a Republican v Democrat battle.

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    Not necessarily as in mid terms with an unpopular President parties sometimes don't field candidates.

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    Quote Originally Posted by odie1kanobe View Post
    Not necessarily as in mid terms with an unpopular President parties sometimes don't field candidates.

    Nice one Odie! The question related to the GOP, but your reply gives the Democrat perspective!

    Clearly your ceaseless spinning and heroic and tireless attempts to make black appear white have addled your overworked brain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mushroom View Post
    Nice one Odie! The question related to the GOP, but your reply gives the Democrat perspective!

    Clearly your ceaseless spinning and heroic and tireless attempts to make black appear white have addled your overworked brain.
    You really need to stop the stalking and continuous abuse and attend the classes we the taxpayers are paying for.

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    not that unusual - they often dont contest Dem strongholds

    they didnt contest some of the house seats in Boston and Chicago

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    Quote Originally Posted by odie1kanobe View Post
    Not necessarily as in mid terms with an unpopular President parties sometimes don't field candidates.
    Remind you of anywhere else?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jacko View Post
    not that unusual - they often dont contest Dem strongholds

    they didnt contest some of the house seats in Boston and Chicago
    Yes, but this is Arkansas... Dems and GOP should be fairly level pegging here....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casualbets View Post
    Yes, but this is Arkansas... Dems and GOP should be fairly level pegging here....
    In 2008 GOP was more interested in putting in funds from National committee into races it could defend incumbent or where it had a reasonable chance of winning.

    If local millionaire had funds he/she could have easily got on the ticket but would have had to stump up own money.

    The power of incumbency can be very strong in US elections at both House and Senate level which is why you end up with Dem Senators from strong GOP states and Vice Versa.

    The reality is because of redistricting etc in many states the real number of house seats that are contestable is small which is why you have Congressmen with 30 years service.

    The landslide in 2008 was such that a few Dem candidates in races where National Committee felt there was no chance of winning so put in no funds actually won but I think 2008 is an anomaly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by odie1kanobe View Post
    In 2008 GOP was more interested in putting in funds from National committee into races it could defend incumbent or where it had a reasonable chance of winning.

    If local millionaire had funds he/she could have easily got on the ticket but would have had to stump up own money.

    The power of incumbency can be very strong in US elections at both House and Senate level which is why you end up with Dem Senators from strong GOP states and Vice Versa.

    The reality is because of redistricting etc in many states the real number of house seats that are contestable is small which is why you have Congressmen with 30 years service.

    The landslide in 2008 was such that a few Dem candidates in races where National Committee felt there was no chance of winning so put in no funds actually won but I think 2008 is an anomaly.
    Interesting....

    Checked up RealClearPolitics.com (excellent site btw), their take on it is that the Arkansas Dem Reps were Conservative Dems... the Dem Reps in district 1 and 2 have retired and have been replaced by more liberal candidates who are trailing badly in local polls... The Dems look likely to hold district 4...

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