ON TOP: New poll gives Asa Hutchinson the lead in governor's race.
Public Policy Polling, a Democratic automated polling firm, has new results in key Arkansas races
and it will be a little hard for Republicans to mount their usual attack on PPP numbers as biased toward Democrats.
The poll has U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor
up by 1 point, 43-42, or a virtual tie, over Republican opponent Tom Cotton.
The same poll also shows Republican Asa Hutchinson
leading Democrat Mike Ross
in a gubernatorial matchup by a margin of 46-38. It shows Hutchinson with a hefty lead, 62-23, over Republican primary opponent Curtis Coleman.
Recent polls have given Pryor more of an edge and showed the Hutchinson-Ross race closer.
Other results: Tim Griffin
leads the GOP primary race for lieutenant governor and starts in horse-race pollling against Democratic candidate John Burkhalter
with a 39-30 advantage.
PPP polled land commissioner because of a Libertarian candidate named Elvis Presley
in the race. That name was good for a 17 percent vote, with incumbent Republican John Thurston
at 28 and Democrat Mark Robertson at 27.
This is no joke. A big vote for the Libertarian puts the seat more in play for Democrats.
Full poll results here
* UNFAVORABLE: The disapprovals outweigh approvals for both Mark Pryor (38-46) and Tom Cotton (37-42).
* FAVORABLE: Big majority still happy with Mike Beebe (62-22).
* MIDDLING: John Boozman's favorable/unfavorable (38-30)
The poll had more women than men respondents and more self-identified Democrats than Republicans, but conservatives were the biggest group and most recent polling has shown self-identified independents trend Republican.