MICKEY GATES: Tax charges proved no disincentive to voters in his distrct.
Arkansas legislative races showed no change in the sizable Republican majorities in the House and Senate. Republican victories included an easy win for Rep. MIckey Gates
of Hot Springs, who faces multiple felony charges of failing to file and pay state income taxes.
Gates won 65 percent of the vote in defeating Kevin Rogers. Should he be convicted, he'll be ineligible to hold the office.
Elsewhere, the Democratic Party gained two seats — Denise Garner
defeated Republican Rep. Charlie Collins
in Fayetteville with a comfortable 55-45 percentage margin and Megan Godfrey
edged Republican Rep. Jeff Williams
of Springdale by 30 votes.
House Democratic Party Chair Michael John Gray
of Augusta was defeated for re-election by Craig Christiansen
by 98 votes. — 3,643-3,545. Rep. Scott Baltz
of Pocahontas was defeated by Marsh Davis
by 118 votes — 4,768-4,650.
Retired Judge Don Glover
, a Democrat, won a Southeast Arkansas house seat from incumbent Rep. Mark McElroy
, who'd dropped his Democratic Party affiliation to run as an independent.
No changes in contested Senate races, though Sen. Jason Rapert
could only garner 55 percent of the vote in his challenge by Maureen Skinner
Democrats made numerous well-funded, well-organized races for Republican seats in Pulaski, Faulkner, Washington and
Benton counties, but fell short in each one. The number running from 44 to 47 percent was high. But close doesn't count. Might it influence a slightly more moderate voting pattern from the challenged Republicans? Probably not.