by Max Brantley
The latest installment of the Talk Business/Hendrix polling tested 2,100 voters for generic party preferences in state legislative races. Republicans enjoyed the edge — 34.5 to 28.5 — but the 31 percent undecided and 6 percent with third party preference diminish the importance of that edge a good bit.
To tiresomely repeat myself: Candidates count more than party. It's about recruiting good candidates, crafting a winning message, identifying supporters, getting supporters to the polls. Those undecided on party preference (and the small minorities among Republicans and Democrats who don't reflexively vote their party preference) will decide the elections in November 2012.
As in most things, Arkansas trails the rapidly eroding disfavor for the Tea Party (which is nothing but the far-right wing of the Republican Party). Here, the favorable-unfavorable is 41-37.