2022 Arkansas gubernatorial election

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Party Republican Democratic

Incumbent Governor

Asa Hutchinson
Republican



The 2022 Arkansas gubernatorial election will take place on November 8, 2022, to elect the governor of Arkansas. Incumbent Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson is term-limited and cannot seek re-election to a third term. Arkansas is one of the eight states and one territory of the United States that limit governors to two terms for life in their constitutions, along with California, Delaware, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, the Northern Mariana Islands, and Oklahoma. The winner of the 2022 gubernatorial election is scheduled to be sworn in on January 10, 2023.

Primary elections in Arkansas are scheduled to be held on May 24. Runoff elections for instances where no candidate receives over 50% of the vote are scheduled for June 21.

Republican primary

Candidates

Declared

Withdrew

Endorsements

Sarah Huckabee Sanders
U.S. executive branch officials
U.S. Senate
U.S. Representatives
State officials
Individuals
Organizations

Polling

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size[a]
Margin
of error
Leslie
Rutledge
Sarah
Huckabee Sanders
Francis
Washburn
Undecided
Hendrix College May 2, 2022 802 (LV) ± 4.3% 73% 17% 10%
Remington Research (R) May 1–2, 2022 1,622 (LV) ± 2.2% 80% 14% 6%
November 9, 2021 Rutledge withdraws from the race
Remington Research (R) October 25–26, 2021 800 (LV) ± 3.5% 16% 73% 11%
Hendrix College May 26–31, 2021 535 (LV) ± 5.5% 35% 43% 22%

Results

Republican primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Sarah Huckabee Sanders
Republican Francis "Doc" Washburn
Total votes

Democratic primary

Candidates

Declared

Declined

Endorsements

Chris Jones
Organizations
Jay Martin
Supha Xayprasith-Mays
Governors
Statewide officials

Polling

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size[a]
Margin
of error
Anthony
Bland
Chris
Jones
Supha
Xayprasith-Mays
Jay
Martin
James
Russell
Undecided
Hendrix College May 2, 2022 597 (LV) ± 5.0% 3% 60% 2% 3% 2% 31%

Results

Democratic primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Anthony Bland
Democratic Chris Jones
Democratic James "Rus" Russell
Democratic Jay Martin
Democratic Supha Xayprasith-Mays
Total votes

Libertarian convention

The Libertarian nominee, prison chaplain Ricky Harrington from Pine Bluff
The Libertarian nominee, prison chaplain Ricky Harrington from Pine Bluff

Candidates

Nominee

Independents

Candidates

Declared

Potential

Write-ins

Candidates

Declared

General election

Predictions

Source Ranking As of
The Cook Political Report[39] Solid R March 4, 2022
Inside Elections[40] Solid R March 4, 2022
Sabato's Crystal Ball[41] Safe R January 26, 2022
Politico[42] Solid R April 1, 2022
RCP[43] Safe R January 10, 2022

Polling

Sarah Huckabee Sanders vs. Chris Jones vs. Ricky Harrington
Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size[a]
Margin
of error
Sarah
Huckabee Sanders (R)
Chris
Jones (D)
Ricky
Harrington (L)
Undecided
Remington Research Group (R) February 26–27, 2022 827 (LV) ± 3.4% 58% 28% 3% 10%
Hypothetical polling
Sarah Huckabee Sanders vs. generic Democrat
Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size[a]
Margin
of error
Sarah
Huckabee Sanders (R)
Generic
Democrat
Other Undecided
Hendrix College February 7–8, 2022 961 (LV) ± 4.4% 44% 34% 8% 15%
Generic Republican vs. generic Democrat
Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size[a]
Margin
of error
Generic
Republican
Generic
Democrat
Undecided
University of Arkansas October 12–24, 2021 800 (A) ± 3.5% 46% 21% 34%
555 (LV) ± 4.2% 50% 23% 27%

Notes

  1. ^ a b c d e Key:
    A – all adults
    RV – registered voters
    LV – likely voters
    V – unclear

References

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