United States Senate election in Arkansas, 2008

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United States Senate election in Arkansas, 2008

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Nominee Mark Pryor Rebekah Kennedy
Party Democratic Green
Popular vote 804,678 207,076
Percentage 79.53% 20.47%

County Results

Senator before election

Mark Pryor

Elected Senator

Mark Pryor

The 2008 United States Senate election in Arkansas was held on November 4, 2008. Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Mark Pryor decided to run for a second term. No Republican filed to challenge him. His only opponent was Green Party candidate Rebekah Kennedy. He won re-election with 80% of the vote.





On March 10, the state Republican Party announced it has no plans to field a candidate against Pryor. The only Republican to express interest in the race, health care executive Tom Formicola, decided not to run the weekend before filing began. Formicola lost the GOP primaries for the Senate in 2004 and the U.S. House of Representatives in 2006. As a result, Pryor was one of the few freshman Senators to face no major-party opposition in a reelection bid.[1]

There had been speculation that former Governor Mike Huckabee would run against Pryor if his presidential bid were unsuccessful, but on March 8, Huckabee said he would not contest the race.[2]


Pryor was polled at 90% in a poll without a challenger in March.[3]


United States Senate election in Arkansas, 2008[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mark Pryor (incumbent) 804,678 79.53
Green Rebekah Kennedy 207,076 20.47
Total votes 1,011,754 100.00
Invalid or blank votes 75,586 n/a%
Democratic hold

See also


  1. "Today's THV - KTHV Little Rock News Article". Todaysthv.com. 2008-03-10. Retrieved 2012-07-26.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Huckabee says he won't run against Pryor, Nasdaq.com
  3. "Arkansas Polls". Electoral-vote.com. Retrieved 2012-07-26.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "U.S. Senate Statewide Results". Secretary of State of Arkansas. 2008-12-02. Retrieved 2008-12-09.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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