The November general election is a little more than a month away, but pundits, pollsters and prognosticators are predicting a blue wave that will turn the U.S. House of Representatives and possibly the U. S. Senate over to control of Democrats.
However, Republican office holders Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Fourth District Congressman Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Hot Springs, and State Rep. Jon Eubanks, R-Paris, attending a GOP rally last Saturday in Paris, don’t see a blue wave coming, at least not in Arkansas.
Westerman, alone among the three, said he’s seen polling that indicates some blue seats may turn red or Republican.
The rally was held at the Exhibition Building at the Logan County Fairgrounds in Paris. It was attended by 80 or so people who listened to speeches, music and dined on pulled pork, beans and cole slaw.
Hutchinson and Westerman face opponents on the November ballot, while Eubanks is unopposed in what he has said is his last campaign.
Eubanks answered the question about the blue wave quickly and without hesitation.
“I don’t think there’s one coming in Arkansas,” he said. “I can’t speak for the other parts of the country. They say people vote their wallets and the economy is doing well. We’ll see.”
Hutchinson initially said he did not see a blue wave and then added clarification.
“Of course, I’m talking about Arkansas,” he said. “Nationally, there are some blue states staying that way. In Arkansas, I see our candidates winning and we’ve made a good case.”
Hutchinson did, however, admit that Democrats are energized.
“The other side is energized,” he said. “But, our poll numbers look good and we’re not taking this lightly.”
That was a message Hutchinson repeated in his public remarks.
Westerman said there are a lot of people who’d like to see a blue wave,
“I don’t think it’s coming through Arkansas,” Westerman said. “We’re seeing some good numbers in the polling. We’ve got the opportunity to turn some blue seats into red seats.”