Arkansas Senate Flips to GOP; First Time Since Reconstruction

by Andrew DeMillo, Associated Press  on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012 11:44 am  

Rep. Loy Mauch, who called Abraham Lincoln a "war criminal" in one of a series of letters to a newspaper, also lost to Democrat David Kizzia.

Republican leaders distanced themselves from the remarks by Hubbard, Mauch and Fuqua and withdrew campaign funding, but stopped short of asking the three to withdraw their candidacies. Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe called the comments "embarrassing" but said he didn't believe they represented the state or Republicans.

Hubbard also wrote that African-Americans were better off than they would have been had they not been captured and shipped to the United States. Mauch said Jesus condoned slavery.

Fuqua, who served in the Arkansas House from 1996 to 1998, wrote there is "no solution to the Muslim problem short of expelling all followers of the religion from the United States," in his book, "God's Law."

Hubbard wrote in his self-published book, "Letters To The Editor: Confessions Of A Frustrated Conservative," that "the institution of slavery that the black race has long believed to be an abomination upon its people may actually have been a blessing in disguise."

All three defended their writings to various media outlets and said critics had taken their comments out of context. Fuqua told the AP that his remarks were "fairly well-accepted by most people."

Smith, a former Harlem Globetrotter, became the second Green Party candidate to be elected to the state Legislature Tuesday. Smith won the state House 50 race in east Arkansas after a judge Tuesday ordered votes not to be counted for his opponent, former Democratic Rep. Hudson Hallum, who had pleaded guilty to election fraud conspiracy. There was no Republican in the race.

Smith had given up the seat in 2011 after a theft conviction, but became eligible for the seat when his conviction was set aside.

Richard Carroll, another Green Party candidate, was elected to the state House in 2008 after Democrats refused to seat Dwayne Dobbins, a former lawmaker who resigned to avoid a felony sexual assault conviction.

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