Clinton Trailing in Arkansas

By John Celock

Hillary Clinton might have been Arkansas’ first lady for 12 years, but the state might not be ready for Hillary.

A Public Policy Poll released this week shows the former secretary of state trailing the leading Republicans if the 2016 presidential race were held today. The results do show the change Arkansas politics has had in the two decades since the Clintons occupied the Governor’s Mansion in Little Rock.

Clinton trails six potential Republican candidates in the poll, having her closest Arkansas contest with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and trailing former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee by double digits. In the poll, Clinton trails Christie 42 percent to 41 percent, while the poll has her trailing Huckabee 55 percent to 39 percent.

The poll has Clinton behind former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush 46 percent to 41 percent in Arkansas, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) 46 percent to 42 percent and U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ken.) 45 percent to 42 percent.

The poll does indicate that Arkansans have a 50 percent favorable rating for former President Bill Clinton, the state’s second longest serving governor. Forty five percent of those polled do not think Huckabee should run for president while 42 percent believe he should.