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Arkansas Governor: Hutchinson and Ross Is a Toss-Up

Rasmussen Reports, 10/13 – 10/15

Arkansas Governor

  • Asa Hutchinson – Republican – 49%
  • Mike Ross – Democrat – 47%
  • Other – 1%
  • Undecided – 3%

The Democrat Mike Ross has caught up to his Republican opponent Asa Hutchinson in the Arkansas Governor race. The results of the latest Rasmussen Reports poll have reclassified this election as a toss-up. The poll asked 940 likely voters who they would vote for if an election were to occur today. 48 percent chose Hutchinson and 45 percent chose Ross.

Ross has made significant advances since the previous poll, which pegged him at 42 percent and Hutchinson at 46 percent.

Voters also have a favorable opinion of Hutchinson. In fact, 58 percent of voters believe that he is a favorable candidate, while 54 percent say the same about Ross.

On the topic of major issues, 47 percent of voters trust Hutchinson with government spending to Ross’ 39 percent. For taxes, 47 percent support Hutchinson to Ross’ 40 percent. Hutchinson also leads on the topic of social issues. He secured 46 percent of the vote, while Ross had 40 percent.  Finally, voters also trust Hutchinson when it comes to government ethics and corruption. 43 percent of voters believe that he is reliable, ethical and not corrupt, while 40 percent say the same about Ross.

In the most recent debate, the two candidates had vastly different views on voter ID laws. Ross took the classical Democrat stance and attacked voter ID laws, stating, that there is no evidence of voter fraud and that they aren’t needed. Hutchinson followed the party line as well, saying that voter ID laws guarantee the integrity of the voting process.

Photo credit: Arkansas News.

2014 Governor Updates: Minnesota, Texas, Arkansas

Rasmussen Reports, 9/24 – 10/2

Minnesota Governor

  • Mark Dayton – Democrat – 50%
  • Jeff Johnson – Republican – 40%

Texas Governor

  • Greg Abbott – Republican – 51%
  • Wendy Davis – Democrat – 40%

Arkansas Governor

  • Asa Hutchinson – Republican – 46%
  • Mike Ross – Democrat – 42%

Rasmussen Reports has released several updates on many of the gubernatorial contests throughout the country. In most of the states, the expected candidate is winning.

In Minnesota, the Democrat Mike Dayton secured 50 percent of the votes, while his opponent Jeff Johnson received only 40 percent. The state is considered an easy win for the Democrats, and to this point, Dayton seems like he has the election locked down.

In Texas, the Republicans are in the lead. Greg Abbott leads with 51 percent of the vote, while the Democrat Wendy David is trailing behind him with only 40 percent. Texas has a long history of voting Democrats for governor, but Davis has been unable to convince voters that she is a suitable candidate and her numbers reflect that.

In Arkansas, the Republican Asa Hutchinson has gained a slight lead over his opponent Mike Ross. Currently, she has 46 percent of the vote, while Ross has 42 percent. In an August poll, Ross led with 46 percent and Hutchinson trailed with 44 percent. Ross has a favorability rating of 49 percent and Hutchinson’s is 54. Both candidates are desirable in the eyes of the voters. This election is considered a toss-up and it is difficult to predict who will win based strictly on the polls provided.

Of the states mentioned, it seems as if both Minnesota and Texas are considered locked down, while Arkansas will be decided as the election approaches.

Photo credit: Arkansas Business.

2014 Governor Polls Update: Colorado, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia

Rasmussen: Colorado

  • Beauprez (R): 45
  • Hickenlooper (D): 44

TB Times/Bay News 9: Florida

  • Scott (R): 44
  • Crist (D): 38

WRBL/Ledger-Enquirer: Georgia

  • Deal (R): 44
  • Carter (D): 42

NBC News/Marist: Arkansas

  • Hutchinson (R): 48
  • Ross (D): 39

Election Day is approaching and many gubernatorial races around the country are in full gear with political ads dominating the airwaves. We’ve seen a handful of new polls released in the last week, let’s take a look at how some of the closest races in the country are shaping up.

In Georgia, where a recent poll found Democrat Jason Carter, the son of former President and Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter, leading incumbent Republican Governor Nathan Deal, the latest WRBL/Ledger-Enquirer poll (the largest poll out of Georgia yet, sampling 1,578 likely voters) finds Deal with a slim 2-point lead.

Several polls have shown Carter leading in July and August but Deal has led the vast majority of polls out of Georgia and remains a slight favorite to edge out Carter in November.

In Florida, where elections are always interesting, we have seen incumbent Republican Governor Rick Scott lead by 1-6 percent since July while just one poll has shown Charlie Crist in the lead by just 2 percent. Scott has now led five of the last six polls out of Florida, albeit by slight margins, and remains the favorite to win re-election.

Colorado is shaping up to be one of the closest races in the country as a new Rasmussen poll has Republican challenger Bob Beauprez leading incumbent Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper by 1 percent while a new NBC News/Marist poll has Hickenlooper up by 4 percent.

Since July, a Quinnipiac poll had Beauprez up by 1, a PPP poll had Hickenlooper up by 1, and a CBS News/New York Times poll had the race tied. Don’t expect to see a clear frontrunner out of Colorado until all the votes are counted.

In Arkansas, Republican candidate Asa Hutchinson leads a new NBC News/Marist poll by 9 percent, which wouldn’t be surprising if the latest Rasmussen poll didn’t have Democrat Mike Ross leading by 2 percent. Regardless, Hutchinson has led every poll expect the Rasmussen poll since April by at least 3 percent and as much as 8 percent so he remains a solid favorite to win the state.

2014 Governor Polls Update: Wisconsin, Michigan, Arkansas, Arizona

Rasmussen: Arizona

  • DeVal (D): 40
  • Ducey (R): 40

Mitchell Research: Michigan

  • Snyder (R): 47
  • Schauer (D): 46

Rasmussen: Arkansas

  • Ross (D): 46
  • Hutchinson (R): 44

Marquette University: Wisconsin

  • Burke (D): 49
  • Walker (R): 47

We have seen a slew of new polls released over the past week and we are seeing some very tight races in gubernatorial campaigns around the country.

Perhaps the tightest race is in Arizona where a new Rasmussen poll has found a 40-40 tie between Democrat Fred DuVal and Republican Doug Ducey for the state’s gubernatorial seat. There has not been much polling out of Arizona but every poll conducted this year has had DuVal leading by a slight 1-2 percent margin. Looks like this one only got tighter.

Michigan is another race that could swing either way. A new Mitchell Research poll has incumbent Republican Governor Rick Snyder leading Democratic challenger Mark Schauer by 1-point margin while a recent EPIC-MRA poll has Schauer leading by 2 percent. In all, Snyder has now led every poll outside of that EPIC poll but only by about 1-3 percent.

In Arkansas, a surprising new Rasmussen poll has found that Democrat Mike Ross has taken the lead over Republican candidate Asa Hutchinson. The poll, the first poll out of Arkansas in over a month, has Ross leading by 2 percent after every July poll had Hutchinson leading by 3-6 percent. Looks like Arkansas is back in the toss-up pile.

Wisconsin also promises to be a close race. Since July, a CBS News/NY Times poll and a Rasmussen poll have found incumbent Republican Governor Scott Walker leading by 1 percent while two separate Marquette University polls have Democratic challenger Mary Burke leading by 1-2 percent.

It’s safe to say that none of these races will see a clear-cut frontrunner before the election and any result will be almost entirely determined by voter turnout.

Bad News For Democrats as Governor Races Swing Republican

With primaries in most states now over, most polls have turned to general election races with 33 senate and 36 governorships up for grabs this November. With President Obama’s approval ratings tanking, many of the races are starting to swing to the Republican side.

In Florida, after Survey USA and Quinnipiac polls both showed Democrat Charlie Crist leading the gubernatorial race by 5-6 points, a new CBS News/NY Times poll now shows Republican incumbent Rick Scott leading by 5 points and a new Rasmussen poll has Scott up by one.

In Illinois, CBS News/NY Times have Republican challenger Bruce Rauner leading incumbent Democrat Pat Quinn by 3 points while a Rasmussen poll shows Rauner leading by five.

In Michigan, after Republican Rick Snyder and Democrat Mark Schauer were tied in a PPP poll in June, CBS/NYT, Rasmussen, and EPIC-MRA now all have Snyder leading by 3 percent.

In Arkansas, where Democrat Mark Ross held a slim lead for most of the spring, Republican Asa Hutchinson now leads by 3-5 points, according to the CBS/NYT and Talk Business Polls.

In Wisconsin, incumbent Republican Governor Scott Walker has taken a slim 1 percent lead over Democratic challenger Mary Burke who had been tied with Walker since the spring.

In Colorado, incumbent Democrat John Hickenlooper held the lead over Republican Bob Beauprez since the beginning of polling season but the CBS News/NYT poll shows Beauprez in a tie with Hickenlooper while a Quinnipiac poll has the Republican up by one.

Arkansas is its own unique mess. A Landmark Communications poll has Democrat Jason Carter up by 7 while the CBS/NYT poll has Republican Nathan Deal leading by 9.

(Image courtesy of Gage Skidmore)