Republican Party of Arkansas Launches New Website
Last week, the Republican Party of Arkansas took a huge step forward when it launched its new website.
While most of the conservative South has embraced the Republican Party, Arkansas has long been a one-party state. Both of our US Senators and 3 of 4 US Representatives are Democrats, all of our state-wide constitutional officers are Democrats, and our legislature is dominated by Democrats. In 2006, there were 30% more registered Democrats in the state than Republicans. It’s long been known that candidates for local office rarely stood a chance of being elected if they ran as Republicans. But, in spite of all of that, Arkansas’ electoral votes consistently go to Republican candidates for President. Even in last year’s Democratic landslide, Arkansans voted Republican.
In the past, the RPA has failed to capitalize on Arkansans’ conservative bent. For most of my life, it seemed they never even tried to break the Democrats’ stranglehold on the state. But all that may be changing. The website isn’t all that is new in the state party. Now, RPA Chairman Doyle Webb is adopting social networking tools such as Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, and Twitter to generate a real grassroots network in the Natural State. Webb says “We’re working hard in Arkansas by using new technology and good old-fashioned politicking as we move our state from a one-party state to a two-party state.”
How effectively they use these tools is yet to be seen, but the RPA is off to a good start with an attractive, user-friendly site. Check it out and let us know what you think about www.arkansasgop.org.