Mike Ross, the Democratic candidate for Arkansas governor, has caught up with Republican Asa Hutchinson, and the two are now in a dead heat, a new poll found.
Forty-four percent of Arkansas voters now say they will vote for Ross in the upcoming gubernatorial race in the Natural State and 43 percent say they will vote for Hutchinson, according to the Talk Business-Hendrix College Poll released Sunday and conducted April 3 and 4 of 1,068 Arkansas frequent voters. The poll
had a margin of error of 3 percentage points.
"This is not where this race will end up, but it is a representation of where it is today," Roby Brock, Talk Business & Politics editor-in-chief, said in a statement. "The anticipated match-up between Mike Ross and Asa Hutchinson appears to be very close. Against their underdog rivals, these two front-runners appear to be in solid shape."
Jay Barth, professor of political science at Hendrix College, said that he expects that the race will remain close until the end.
"Both candidates have strong support among their partisan bases, but while Hutchinson leads with independents that lead is not quite large enough to overcome the slight Democratic advantage in partisan identification," Barth said in the statement.
"The fact that Ross has withstood a barrage of negative ads in recent weeks suggests that the race for governor will likely stay close throughout the months ahead," he added.
In the Talk Business-Hendrix College Poll taken in October, Hutchinson led Ross 41 percent to 37 percent, with 22 percent of Arkansas voters saying they were undecided.
Both candidates are expected to win their primary races, which are scheduled for May 20.
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