LITTLE ROCK — Republicans hold commanding leads in each of the state’s four congressional districts in newly released polls.
Results of surveys that Talk Business and Hendrix College conducted Sept. 17 via automated phone calls show GOP candidates with double-digit leads in all four congressional districts in U.S. House races on the Nov. 6 general election ballot.
Republicans have not held all of the state’s congressional seats at the same time since Reconstruction.
In the 1st District, among 563 likely voters polled, incumbent U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford of Jonesboro received 53 percent support and 28 percent said they planned to vote for Democratic nominee Scott Ellington of Jonesboro.
Libertarian candidate Jessica Paxton received 2 percent support and Green Party candidate Jacob Holloway received 1 percent, with the remaining 16 percent of those polled saying they were undecided.
Results of the 1st District poll have a margin of error of plus or minus 4.1 percent.
In the 2nd District, among 563 likely voters, incumbent U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin received 49 percent support, while his Democratic opponent Herb Rule received 28.5 percent.
Green Party candidate Barbara Ward received 4 percent, Libertarian candidate Chris Hayes received 3 percent and 15.5 percent said they were undecided.
The 2nd District poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.2 percent.
In the 3rd District, among 635 likely voters, incumbent Republican Steve Womack of Rogers received 58 percent support, with Green Party candidate Rebekah Kennedy receiving 15.5 percent.
Libertarian candidate David Pangrac received 6 percent and 20.5 percent said they were undecided.
The 3rd District poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.9 percent.
In the 4th District, among 509 likely voters, Republican Tom Cotton of Dardanelle received 51 percent support, with state Sen. Gene Jeffress, D-Louann, receiving 22 percent. Green Party candidate Joshua Drake received 4 percent, with 20 percent saying they were undecided.
The 4th District poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.3 percent.
“The poll results were not surprising to us,” state GOP Chairman Doyle Webb said. “We have for several months now seen the Arkansas voter trending to Republican and conservative. It’s reflective of what we’re seeing as well in our local races and legislative races that the Arkansas voter is ready to change and to vote Republican in the state.”
Jay Barth, a delegate to the recent Democratic National Convention and a political science professor at Hendrix, predicted Arkansas is on its way to all Republican U.S. House delegation.
“The sole Republican candidate for Congress not pulling a majority of the vote is 2nd District Congressman Tim Griffin; even he, however, has a healthy plurality of the vote over his principal opponent, Democrat Herb Rule,” Barth said.
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