Expect a lot of activity as the final two weeks of campaigning gain full momentum. With early voting starting today, candidates are standing on street corners far in advance on Election Day.
Secretary of State Charlie Daniels predicts about 54% of the state’s 1.6 million voters will participate in this year’s general election. Nearly one-third of those votes will take place during early voting.
Our latest round of Talk Business polls covers each of the four Congressional Districts. You can access those results here.
We’d draw your attention to a few developments in the districts. In the First District, Republican Rick Crawford and Democrat Chad Causey appeared on Talk Business last night. Click here to see condensed versions their interviews. They square off for their final debate in Jonesboro tonight.
In the Second District, Democrat Joyce Elliott reached her fundraising goal of $50,000 by Sunday evening. That led retiring Rep. Vic Snyder to follow through on his pledge to shave his mustache, which he’s not done since 1969.
Republican Tim Griffin, whose counter-message is to shave the national debt, rolled out a new TV ad today. In the spot, Griffin is speaking to the crowd about the national debt, his kids, and the need to improve the economy. You can view it below.
Griffin also announced he’ll embark on a 15-day, 8-county tour of the district. He’s labeled the event the “Jobs Not Debt Express” and says he will focus on turning out early voters.
In the Third District, Democrat David Whitaker and Republican Steve Womack will debate in Fort Smith on October 21st at the Fort Smith Convention Center.
The debate will be hosted by Progressive Arkansas and moderated by Dr. Robert Willoughby, a history and political science professor at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith.
Fourth District Democratic Cong. Mike Ross also has a new television spot. His ad has a strong anti-Washington charge to it and singles out his opposition to House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi. You can also view it below.