Arkansas Democrats Make History With 2022 Primary Nominations

LITTLE ROCK – Voters across Arkansas turned out to make history for the 2022 Democratic Primary. Contested elections were held across the state, up and down the ballot, from Justice of the Peace to the United States Senate. Chris Jones won all 75 counties to win the nomination for Governor, becoming the first African American nominated to run for the state’s top office in Arkansas history.

The Democratic Party of Arkansas is now set to move forward to the November General Election. The state party will hold its official nominating convention August 13 in Conway.

“Arkansas has a tremendous opportunity at our feet to build toward a better Arkansas. That’s what these election results confirm. We’re looking at a slate of candidates from Chris Jones at the top of the statewide ticket, to some truly outstanding candidates for the state House and state Senate, that are putting forward a compelling vision for Arkansas,” said Democratic Party of Arkansas Chair Grant Tennille.

“Arkansas voters don’t have to take my word for it, I fully expect they’ll get to know these outstanding candidates as they put in the hard work to earn the respect of Arkansas voters. It’s an exciting time to be an Arkansas Democrat, I think people are going to see that in the months ahead.”

Former Women’s Foundation of Arkansas director Anna Beth Gorman was nominated to face John Thurston in the Secretary of State’s race, while Natalie James secured the nomination to run against John Boozman for U.S. Senate. Arkansas has never before nominated a Black person to run for United States Senate. Democratic gubernatorial nominee Chris Jones will face former Trump Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders in the November General Election.

Visit the Arkansas Secretary of State’s website for full results: