Liberals Say Jim Holt Will Be In The Run-Off For US Senate Race Against Lincoln
Although the liberal media has bashed Holt like the national media has Palin, they still recognize his strength in the state. Max Brantley with liberal Arkansas Times on November 24 predicted that if Holt enters the race, "that would just about guarantee nobody wins the primary without a runoff."
On December 27, liberal journalist John Brummett said Gilbert Baker of Conway, who has raised more than a half-million dollars, would be Holt's main obstacle to the Republican nomination (meaning the other candidates didn't have a chance against Baker and Holt). Brummet also said Holt "has two assets none of the announced seven Republican senatorial candidates has. One is a fervent base of supporters. The other is a history of running against Lincoln and getting nearly four and a half votes in 10 statewide. [44% in 2004 when Lincoln was not even vulnerable, and a 3rd party took two or three percent of the votes. Holt spent approximately $150 thousand to get his 44% of the vote and Lincoln spent $6.5 million in a heavily Democratic state. Holt got NO financial support from the Republican Party in the state or the nation at that time. The establishment considered Lincoln to be invincible.]
Brummett added, ""There’s something Holt might use in a Republican primary — Baker’s supportive association with one of the taxingest and spendingest governors in the state’s history."
On December 14, 2009, Liberal Pat Lynch said the same thing but in stronger language.
Excerpts from this link: http://www.nwaonline.com/news/2009/dec/14/our-other-favorite-sport-20091214/
The former president of the Arkansas Farm Bureau, Stanley Reed, is the eighth announced Republican candidate for U.S. Senate. He has a network of supporters and access to the mandatory ton of money. He faces two distinct obstacles on his way to a victory in November 2010.
Even for a guy with more loot than Scrooge McDuck, setting oneself apart from seven not so brilliantly drawn cartoon characters is going to be an ordeal. State Sen. Gil Baker certainly will not roll over and play dead. In a recent straw poll, Curtis Coleman ran a close second to Baker, so he has some credibility. This is already a tight race.
Then there is the “real” conservative, Jim Holt. Although Holt has not announced his candidacy, he would play a deciding role in a Republican primary. He would dismember Reed, who has previously been a financial backer of Lincoln and Bill Clinton. That would be some major fun.
Holt has a network of activists and is able to run a statewide campaign on a shoestring. He scared the daylights out of Lincoln a few years back. If he gets in, he will be in the runoff. Write it down.
Stanley Reed’s other challenge is Stanley Reed. He is asking Arkansas voters to let him start at the top with no previous experience. A man like Reed expects those under him, and that is just about everybody else, to defer to his superior judgment. He is going to wake up in the middle of the field and wonder what hit him.
See entire article at this link: http://www.nwaonline.com/news/2009/dec/14/our-other-favorite-sport-20091214/
I rarely agree with Pat Lynch, but I think his article is a very good summary of the race, except I see Holt even stronger than Lynch does. I believe Holt will be able to raise more money this time and because the conservatives and Tea Party are so determined and so fired up; and look how well Holt did last time with less than a shoestring budget, according to an article after the last race by Mike Masterson in Arkansas Democrat Gazette, May 30, 06.
"The final numbers had Holt spending just $ 57, 054 to garner 57 percent of the votes cast compared with former U. S. Attorney Chuck Banks, who spent $ 205, 500 to get 27 percent, and state Sen. Doug Matayo, who spent $ 63, 649 for 16 percent. In other words, Holt had more votes than Banks and Matayo combined and won all but a handful of the state’s 75 counties.
The numbers also translated to Holt’s spending 17 percent of all the GOP candidates’ campaign money spent on the lieutenant governor’s race to win the nomination."
This article can be found on line at this link: http://www.wpaag.org/Liberals%20say%20Jim%20Holt%20will%20be%20in%20run-off%20senate%20race.htm
Gilbert Baker's Voting Record Compared to Jim Holt
100% Conservative Candidate Needs Support
Washington Examiner - GOP picking candidate too soon http://www.wpaag.org/Gilbert%20B%20-%20GOP%20picking%20him%20too%20soon.htm
Liberal Organization in Arkansas gives Gilbert Baker highest rating of all Republican Senators and higher than 41 House members.
Gilbert Baker relied on John Brummett Quotes in fund raising letter and on his web: http://www.wpaag.org/Gilbert%20Baker%20fundraising%20letter%20-%20Brummett.htm
Sample of Senator Holt Voting Record in Comparison to Other Two Senators in the Race:
Why I Support Senator Holt for U.S. Senate