Friday, December 30, 2005

Democrat Halter Moves Towards Governor's Race

It looks more and more like the Democrats will have a contested primary for Governor. Will Asa be the real winner? Or is Bebee stumbling so badly that the Democrats are actually better off changing horses? The Halter campaign released this today.....

By Mark Moore (click "comments" below for article).


Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...


DECEMBER 30, 2006


Little Rock - The Halter for Arkansas Exploratory Committee for Governor today announced that Democrat Bill Halter will enter 2006 with more than $1.25 million cash-on-hand and that Halter and will announce his decision on
entering the race in January.

In addition to having raised an additional $81,604.37 during the month of November, Halter this month deposited $600,000 of personal money into his
exploratory committee's primary account in the form of a loan. Halter made the loan as an advance on fundraising commitments the committee has already been promised.

"I will announce my decision in January," said Halter. "Our state needs forward-thinking and energetic leadership that will help attract new and better paying jobs, strive for excellence rather than adequacy in our schools, and fight to ensure that our seniors can retire in dignity."

4:15 PM, December 30, 2005  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

Asa is the real winner here. Bebee has raised more than Asa, but it looks like he is going to have to spend it in the primary.

After the primary, fundraising is not only a function of the candidate, but also the party. The Republican Party of Arkansas is in much better shape to help their candidates than the Democratic Party is. The last we heard, the Democrats had $883 in the bank and were $150,000 in debt even after an exhausting series of fundraisers. The Republican party had close to $100,000 in the bank.

The Democrats are putting a lot of chips on raking in huge filing fees. It is the last chance they have of being able to back their candidates at a level close to what the GOP appears able to do.

4:25 PM, December 30, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, the more Democrat contendors, the more money their party makes...

Sounds like a pathetic way to make money to me!

4:52 PM, December 30, 2005  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

Yes, they are in the position where they are tempted to ask people to run that they may not really want to win. They may be expressing a new found interest in running a lot of people for unfilled Constable positions.

If so this would be 180 degrees out from their past -backroom manuevers to see that favored candidates have no primary opponents.

6:20 PM, December 30, 2005  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

One more bit of commentary.

The Democratic Party has been in a generational state of slow collapse throughout the South. Arkansas and Louisianna have been the only two holdouts to this trend. In the case of the latter, they are just different in every way from the rest of the South, and the country.

In our case the slow collapse has not yet occurred because of the presence of the best politician in America- Bill Clinton. The GOP also made some mistakes, but Clinton was a huge force. Now that he is mostly out of the Arkansas picture I expect the regional trend to assert itself.

If the GOP doesn't blow it, we will likely be looking at the long-awaited realignment that has happened in the rest of our region.

6:31 PM, December 30, 2005  
Blogger AR1836 said...

Proof that Arkansans are a lot smarter than the world gives them credit. Our state hasn't succumbed to the Red Menace sweeping the Deep South. Sen. Lott sure gave the White House a bit of scare with that retirement talk, since a Dem would have captured the seat. Frist's seat is in jeopardy of falling to the Dems. There are chinks in the Dixiecrat GOP armor, Mark. Their "administration" of American government has been an abject failure. That should be good news for the CP of AR. Today's GOP makes Buckley's conservatism look downright progressive.

1:32 PM, January 03, 2006  
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