Looking at the official certified election results in Arkansas can be fun.
In just examining the contested races that all eligible voters in the state had on their ballots, we can find some interesting details.
There were 13 presidential candidates on the ballot in Arkansas, and 1,219,069 votes cast in that race. Republican President Donald Trump received 760,647 votes. Democratic nominee Joe Biden received 423,932 votes. Libertarian nominee Jo Jorgensen received 13,133 votes. Independent candidate and musical artist Kanye West came in fourth place with 4,099 votes. And Green Party nominee Howie Hawkins rounded out the top five with 2,980 votes. So that accounts for 1,204,791 votes.
The other 14,278 votes scattered among remaining candidates included 2,812 votes for independent candidate Phil Collins (not the musical artist). This Phill Collins is also a member of the Prohibition Party that’s been around since 1869 and is opposed to the sale or consumption of alcohol. So of course, Phil lives in Las Vegas. He’s also a graduate of Siloam Springs High School and he earned his political science degree from the University of Arkansas.
Brock Pierce, director of the Bitcoin Foundation, received 2,141 votes. He has had White House experience in the past, however, as the star of the film “First Kid” also starring Sinbad, back in 1996. He was in “The Mighty Ducks” (1992) and “D2: The Mighty Ducks” (1994). Wrestler, actor, and former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura endorsed him.
Don Blankenship was the Constitution Party nominee. He received 2,108 votes in Arkansas. The Constitution Party doesn’t believe in climate change, and has embraced Christian reconstructionism in the past, which has promoted remaking our government and society according to Old Testament law.
A total of 1,713 people in Arkansas voted for American Solidarity Party nominee Brian Carroll, who aligns himself with Christian Democracy. Mr. Carroll is an elder in the Evangelical Covenant Church and he says he’s an Evangelical Christian. Christian Democracy is often considered center-right on cultural, social and moral issues, and center-left on economic, labor, civil rights, and foreign policy issues.
C.L Gammon received 1,475 votes for president in Arkansas. He also has been a member of the Prohibition Party. His vice presidential running mate was Phil Collins (again not the musical artist, but the guy who ran for president).
John Richard Myers received 1,372 votes in the state. He was the nominee of the Life and Liberty Party, which describes itself as a place for activists who identify as pro-life Libertarians, isolated liberty-loving Independents, and faith-based Constitutionists that oppose an unconstitutional theocracy.
Next Gloria La Riva received 1,336 votes in Arkansas. She not only was the nominee of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, a communist party that was organized after a split from the Workers World Party, but the Peace and Freedom Party. The Peace and Freedom Party identifies as being committed to “socialism, democracy, ecology, feminism and racial equality.” It’s 2012 nominee was Roseanne Barr (the actress).
And last but not least, Roque ‘Rocky’ De La Fuente picked up 1,321 votes in Arkansas. He always runs for president and he’s associated himself with every political party he can. This year he actually unsuccessfully sought the Republican Party nomination but ended up becoming the nominee of the Reform Party, the Alliance Party, and the American Independent Party.
Next, we had the U.S. Senate race, in which U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton was re-elected with 793,871 votes. His opponent, Libertarian Ricky Harrington Jr., received 399,390 votes, mostly as votes against Cotton. Harrington received 386,257 more votes than his party’s presidential nominee.
There were 1,193,261 votes cast in that election, 25,808 votes fewer than those cast in the presidential election in Arkansas. And yet, Sen. Cotton, a Republican, received 33,224 more votes than President Trump.
There really were a lot of voters in this election, even here in bright red Arkansas, who might have supported the Republican Party, but not this Republican president.