Hutchinson/Morgan race headlines GOP primary ballot

Hutchinson/Morgan race headlines GOP primary ballot
Voters head to the polls May 22 to determine the GOP nominee for governor between incumbent Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Jan Morgan. (Source: KARK)

LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT/KARK) - In a little less than three weeks, Arkansas voters head to the polls to determine the party nominees for governor on both the Republican and Democratic sides.

The race for the GOP nod for Governor has two candidates - incumbent Gov. Asa Hutchinson and challenger Jan Morgan.

According to a report from Little Rock television station KARK, both candidates have been campaigning in recent weeks ahead of the May 22 primary. Hutchinson is seeking a second term in office while Morgan has run more of a grassroots campaign.

"It really is a true grassroots network," Robert Goff, who supports Morgan, told KARK. Goff spent this week putting out campaign signs in central Arkansas on behalf of Morgan.

Goff said he believes Morgan will pull off an upset in the race.

"I really think she's going to win," Goff told KARK. "It's incredible how the momentum seems to be building every day."

However, a longtime GOP political strategist told the station that he believes Morgan's chances to win are slim.

"I don't see under any scenario, short of the Bubonic plague destroying all Arkansas voters, that Jan Morgan has any chance of winning the Republican primary," Bill Vickery said.

Vickery also said Morgan's grassroots efforts have not resonated.

"True grassroots movements can win. Leslie Rutledge has catapulted to success based on a lot of behind-the-scenes hard work and building up that kind of true grassroots movements," Vickery said. "But Jan Morgan has fallen way short. She's no Leslie Rutledge."

Hutchinson has led in most polls and also leads in the money race. He has $1.9 million cash on hand for the primary and $580,000 for the general election, while Morgan has about $16,000 cash on hand, KARK reported.

The winner of the GOP primary will face either Democrats Jared Henderson or Leticia Sanders, who also face off May 22; and Libertarian Mark West in the fall.

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