Alex Golden
12 hours ago - Politics

Winners of Arkansas' statewide primary races

Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Chris Jones
Republican Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Democrat Chris Jones. Photos: Getty Images

Republican Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Democrat Chris Jones will vie for governor in November.

  • Both won the nominations by a landslide Tuesday night, with Sanders winning over 83% of the vote against Francis "Doc" Washburn.
  • Jones won nearly 71% of the vote against Jay Martin, Supha Xayprasith-Mays, Anthony "Tony" Bland and James "Rus" Russell III, according to unofficial election results.
Worth Sparkman
12 hours ago - Politics

Northwest Arkansas' state government primary results

Voting was quick at Sequoyah United Methodist Church in Fayetteville before lunchtime Tuesday. Photo: Worth Sparkman/Axios

Despite bouts of heavy rain and power outages at some polls, voters turned out Tuesday to vote for — or against — Arkansas lawmakers.

What happened: The Democratic and Republican primaries were held to decide the nominees for the general election in November.

Axios guide for NW Arkansas voters in 2022 primary elections

A table of "I Voted" stickers.
Photo: Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images

The race for who will govern the Natural State for the next four years begins this morning.

What's happening: Early voting for the May 24 preferential primary election officially starts at 8am today and ends at 5pm on May 23.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson nods at presidential bid

A photo of Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas.
Photo: Liz Sanders/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" that he's considering running for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.

  • A potential run by former President Donald Trump is "not a factor in my decision-making process," Hutchinson said.

Driving the news: "I've made it clear I think we ought to have a different direction in the future," Hutchinson said on CNN. "I think [Trump] did a lot of good things for our country, but we need to go a different direction."

Worth Sparkman
Apr 20, 2022 - Politics

Your guide to Arkansas' primary election

Data: Arkansas Secretary of State; Chart: Axios Visuals

Since Northwest Arkansas is gaining an estimated 30 people per day, we're providing some insight into Arkansas' election rules — and a refresher for those who've been here a while.

What's happening: The Arkansas primary election to select nominees for the November general election is May 24, with early voting beginning on May 9.

Arkansas Supreme Court upholds controversial voting laws

I voted stickers
Photo: Montinique Monroe/Getty Images

The Arkansas Supreme Court allowed four voting laws critics called restrictive to go back into effect in a decision Friday, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports.

  • In March, Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen said the laws violate the Arkansas Constitution.

Why it matters: The League of Women Voters of Arkansas and Arkansas United argued the laws place an undue burden on voters and are more likely to disproportionately impact people of marginalized communities.

Worth Sparkman
Mar 30, 2022 - Business

Gov. Hutchinson doesn't plan to lower gas tax

Data: Federation of Tax Administrators; Map: Baidi Wang/Axios

As gas prices continue to hover near record highs, governors across the U.S. are moving to suspend state gas taxes to give drivers a break.

  • Yes, but: Gov. Asa Hutchinson has no plan to temporarily lower Arkansas' 24.8 cent-per-gallon gas tax.
Worth Sparkman
Mar 28, 2022 - Politics

Election season in flux as voting laws, maps face challenges

Illustration of a pattern of voting booths.
Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Like it or not, we're entering election season again.

  • There's a lot happening that could impact the mechanics of how Arkansans will vote during the May primary election and midterm elections in November.

Why it matters: Voting is a right, not a privilege, and is the best way for citizens to express their support for state and federal lawmakers, or desire for change.

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