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Beebe to seek second term as Governor

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe announced Tuesday (Jan. 19) he will seek reelection in the 2010 general election. A formal announcement has not yet been scheduled, according to a campaign announcement.



“While I plan to kick off my campaign, officially, in the upcoming months, for now we must begin organizing for the task ahead,” Beebe said in a campaign e-mail.

Beebe, a Democrat, is the only declared candidate for Governor. He was first elected to the position in 2006. The Republican Party of Arkansas will have to field a nominee for the post to remain recognized as an official political party under state law, noted this report from Roby Brock at TalkBusiness.net.

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In response to Beebe’s announcement, state GOP Chairman Doyle Webb said, “There are many issues facing Arkansans today and we anticipate a vigorous campaign to address such concerns as job creation, taxes and spending priorities. We are confident the Republican Party of Arkansas will produce a conservative candidate dedicated to addressing these issues along with numerous others.”

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Arkansas Democrats Shouldn't Take Their Voters for Granted!

Despite polls showing that he has high approval ratings among his state constituents to date, Governor Mike Beebe (D-AR) should not take reelection for granted, especially given this midterm election year seems to be an anti-Democratic year (considering a Democrat is occupying the White House). Besides, the state of Arkansas has been trending sharply Republican, especially as of late (President Barack Obama (D-IL) lost the state to U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) by about 20 points in 2008 presidential election, without carrying any of the state's congressional districts). It does not surprise me that his fellow Arkansan, U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR), who is also up for reelection, is in electoral trouble pollwise, and that could also explain why U.S. Rep. Vic Snyder (D-AR), of Arkansas's 2nd congressional district, called it quits. Almost every state in the South (i.e., Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia, etc.) is becoming hostile to the Democrats electorally, and I'm afraid Arkansas may not be an exception.