Republicans in Arkansas
Arkansas: The Hill looks at unsubstantiated rumors that former Gov. Mike Huckabee might consider abandoning his Presidential bid for a Senate challenge to popular Democratic incumbent Mark Pryor. The article also highlights the NRSC's difficulty in recruiting potential candidates:
Sen. Blanche Lincoln’s (D-Ark.) 2004 opponent, former state legislator Jim Holt, took 44 percent against her in a presidential year despite spending less than $150,000 on the race. He called a repeat bid a “slim possibility” and said he would need to be promised $8 million to $10 million to finance it.So the NRSC is doing a poor job on candidate recruitment, and they're not doing much on the fundraising or press fronts. Gotta like our prospects as the 2007-2008 campaign season gets underway. As for the Huckabee rumor, it seems to be just that, rumor. (And Lt. Gov. "candidate" Chuck Banks lost the GOP primary 56-25 to a state senator, in case you were wondering who the AR-GOP was going to rest its hopes for a resurgence on.)
Banking executive J. French Hill, an appointee of the first President Bush, and 2006 lieutenant governor candidate Chuck Banks have been in talks with the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), as has fourth-term Rep. John Boozman, the only Republican in the Arkansas delegation.
Boozman’s chief of staff, Matt Sagely, however, said Friday that Boozman has “zero interest” in the job and completely ruled it out: “He considers himself lucky to be in the 3rd congressional district … That’s about as far as it goes as far as running for another office in Arkansas.”