2020 United States Senate election in Arkansas

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2020 United States Senate election in Arkansas

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Nominee Tom Cotton
Party Republican

Incumbent U.S. Senator

Tom Cotton

The 2020 United States Senate election in Arkansas will be held on November 3, 2020, to elect a member of the United States Senate to represent the State of Arkansas, concurrently with the 2020 U.S. presidential election, as well as other elections to the United States Senate in other states and elections to the United States House of Representatives and various state and local elections.

Republican primary[edit]




Tom Cotton


Republican primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tom Cotton (incumbent)
Total votes 100.00%

Democratic primary[edit]

Josh Mahony was the only candidate to file for the Democratic Primary, however he dropped out on November 12, 2019.[3] Because he dropped out after the filing deadline, the Democratic Party of Arkansas can only nominate a replacement if the candidate dies, becomes seriously ill, leaves the state, or files for another office. Alex Gray, an Arkansas attorney who works on state election issues, believes this means the Democratic Party of Arkansas will not be able to fill the vacancy.[4] The Arkansas Democratic Party announced on November 25, 2019, that they would not be able to field a new candidate to replace Mahony.[5] A memo from the Cotton campaign to supporters details a strategy of sitting on opposition research regarding Mahony's employment history until after the filing deadline had passed.[6]




Libertarian primary[edit]



  • Ricky Harrington Jr, Christian missionary[11]




  • Dan Whitfield, progressive activist[12]


Dan Whitfield
  • Demand Universal Healthcare[13]

General election[edit]


Source Ranking As of
The Cook Political Report[14] Safe R January 10, 2020
Inside Elections[15] Safe R January 10, 2020
Sabato's Crystal Ball[16] Safe R January 16, 2020
Politico[17] Safe R November 19, 2019



  1. ^ "Sen. Cotton says he's running for reelection in 2020". Associated Press.
  2. ^ https://www.combatveteransforcongress.org/cand/2763
  3. ^ a b Press, The Associated. "Democrat drops bid to challenge Sen. Tom Cotton in Arkansas". The Republic. Retrieved 2019-11-12.
  4. ^ Brock, Roby (November 13, 2019). "Arkansas law suggests Mahony exit likely leaves Cotton without Democratic opponent". Retrieved November 14, 2019.
  5. ^ Stieber, Zachary (November 26, 2019). "No Democratic Candidate for 2020 US Senate Race, Arkansas Democratic Party Says". The Epoch Times. Retrieved November 26, 2019.
  6. ^ Lockwood, Frank E. (November 17, 2019). "Memo shows strategy for attack on Cotton opponent". Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Little Rock: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Inc. Retrieved December 15, 2019.
  7. ^ a b Singiser, Steve. "Here's our ultimate Democratic wishlist for Senate in 2020. Who's on yours?". Daily Kos. Retrieved 19 February 2019.
  8. ^ Brawner, Steve (August 22, 2019). "Beebe documentary debuts, depicts rise from tar paper shack to governor". TalkBusinessandPolitics. Retrieved August 22, 2019.
  9. ^ Lockwood, Frank E. (April 29, 2019). "Retired general Wesley Clark rules out '20 run". ArkansasOnline. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  10. ^ Brantley, Max (May 20, 2019). "Josh Mahony announces early supporters in challenge of Tom Cotton". ArkansasTimes. Retrieved May 20, 2019.
  11. ^ "Harrington to challenge Cotton in 2020 election". Pine Bluff Commercial. October 7, 2019. Retrieved November 13, 2019.
  12. ^ "Arkansas Democrats: No path to replace Cotton challenger". WREG- Memphis. November 26, 2019. Retrieved November 26, 2019.
  13. ^ https://duh4all.org/us-house-senate-candidates/
  14. ^ "2020 Senate Race ratings". The Cook Political Report. Retrieved 2019-05-21.
  15. ^ "Senate Ratings | Inside Elections". insideelections.com. Retrieved 2019-05-21.
  16. ^ "Larry J. Sabato's Crystal Ball » 2020 Senate". crystalball.centerforpolitics.org. Retrieved 2019-05-21.
  17. ^ "2020 Election Forecast". Politico. November 19, 2019.

External links[edit]

Official campaign websites