Dr. Jay Barth, our polling partner with Hendrix College, uses his Arkansas Times column this week to assess the prevailing political winds across the state.
Barth sees a “gentle GOP breeze,” not the gail-force winds seen in 2010.
From his column:
Undeniably, the Arkansas Democratic Party faces challenges in 2012. The Republican Party has recruited higher-quality candidates for the legislature than ever before, while Democratic Party activists remain shell-shocked by the 2010 election cycle.
And antipathy towards President Obama remains widespread in the state, as evidenced by Tea Party “jokes,” conversations overheard in doctor's waiting rooms and polling data.