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He/Him
Brien McMahon (Democratic) 1953-1957
Brien McMahon (Eternal People’s Revolution-Trotskyist Faction) 1957-1973

1952 Def. (with Mike Moroney) Robert Taft (Republican)
1956 Def. (with Mike Moroney) Douglas McArthur (Republican)
1960 Def. (with Lester Cole) Mike Moroney (Independent [Republican & Democratic exile coalition]) Norman Thomas (Eternal People’s Revolution-Christian Socialist Faction) James Eastland (Independent [Southern Alliance exile leadership])
8/10, no Glen H Taylor as Veep (he also believed in the existence of aliens).

Brien McMahon is always a fun character, peace through glassing your enemies is certainly a pitch.
 
apparently bill laimbeer considered a 1998 congressional run (as a republican of course) and i decided to make a presidents list:

Bill Clinton (Democratic) 1993-2001
1992 Def. (with Al Gore) George H.W. Bush (Republican) Ross Perot (Independent)
1996 Def. (with Al Gore) Bob Dole (Republican) Ross Perot (Reform)
Dan Quayle (Republican) 2001-2005
Def. (with Elizabeth Dole) Al Gore (Democratic) Ron Paul (Reform)
Dick Gephardt (Democratic) 2005-2009
Def. (with Don Siegelman) Dan Quayle (Republican)
Bill Laimbeer (Republican) 2009-2017
2008 Def. (with Conrad Burns) Dick Gephardt (Democratic) Dennis Kucinich (Anti-Corruption Democratic)
2012 Def. (with Conrad Burns) Penfield Tate (Democratic) Jesse Ventura (Anti Imperialism)

Nancy Boyda (Democratic) 2017-????
Def. (with Jim Rex) Kevin Coughlin (Republican) Lawrence Lessig (Independent) Dennis Lynch (Independent)
 
Your RNG gave me Gary Locke (D-WA) / Paul Kanjorski (D-PA), Dan Quayle (R-IN) / Elbert N. Carvel (D-DE), and Barry Goldwater (RE-AZ) / George H.W. Bush (RE-TX) in 2000. The administration ended up being Goldwater/Kanjorski, thanks to an EV tie between Quayle and Locke and a PV win by Goldwater
what a beautiful RNG
 
I don't even know how to make sense of these tickets for '04. Haven't rolled for thjrd party yet

Pres. Barry Goldwater (RE-AZ) / Fmr. Pres. George H.W. Bush (RE-TX)
Fmr. Rep. Steven T. Kuykendall (R-CA) / Fmr. Vice President Walter Mondale (D-MN)

Fmr. Gov. David Cargo (R-NM) / Fmr. Gov. William L. Guy (D-ND)

Edit: the Green ticket is Fmr. Senator Jocelyn Burdick (D-ND) and Fmr. Rep. Vin Weber (R-MN)
 
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Gerald Ford (Republican) 1974-1981
Def. (with Buddy Cianci) Jimmy Carter (Democratic)
Florian Chmielewski (Democratic) 1981-1989
1980 Def. (with John Jay Hooker) Ronald Reagan (Republican) Larry Pressler (Independent)
1984 Def. (with John Jay Hooker) Lewis Patterson (Republican)
Frank Wolf (Republican) 1989-1997
1988 Def. (with Terry Branstad) John Jay Hooker (Democratic) Ron Dellums (Independent Freedom)
1992 Def. (with Terry Branstad) Greg DiDonato (Democratic)

John Jay Hooker (Democratic) 1997-2001
Def. (with Wayne Dowdy) Terry Branstad (Republican) Babette Josephs (People’s)
Dan Lungren (Republican) 2001-2005
Def. (with Bob Barr) John Jay Hooker (Democratic) Babette Josephs (People’s)
Bo Dietl (Democratic) 2005-2013
2004 Def. (with Dottie Lamm) Dan Lungren (Republican)
2008 Def. (with Dottie Lamm) Bob Barr (Republican) Bruce Jackson (Independent)

Paul Thurmond (Republican) 2013-????
2012 Def. (with Stephen Minarik) John Jay Hooker (Democratic) James Meeks (Prohibition)
2016 Def. (with Stephen Minarik) Mark Critz (Democratic)
 
Arkansas State Politics

Governors of Arkansas:
Mike Huckabee (Republican) 1996-2003

Def. Bill Bistow (Democratic)
Jimmie Lou Fisher (Democratic) 2003-2011
2002 Def. Mike Huckabee (Republican)
2006 Def. Mark Martin (Republican)
Benny Petrus (Democratic) 2011-2015
Def. Mike Duke (Republican) Randy Alexander (Constitution) Rod Bryan (Independent)
Wesley Clark (Republican) 2015-????
Def. Benny Petrus (Democratic) Rod Bryan (Green-Independent) Randy Alexander (Constitution)


Class II Senators:
Tim Hutchinson (Republican) 1997-2003
Def. Winston Bryant (Democratic)

Mark Pryor (Democratic) 2003-????
2002 Def. Tim Hutchinson (Republican)
2008 Def. Karen Hopper (Republican) Keith Carle (Constitution)
2014 Def. Sheffield Nelson (Republican) Josh Wilson (Unity)


Class III:
Blanche Lincoln (Democratic) 1997-2017

1998 Def. Fay Boozman (Republican)
2004 Def. Jim Holt (Republican)
2010 Def. Mike Huckabee (Republican)

Hogan Gidley (Republican) 2017-????
Def. Blanche Linclon (Democratic) Jim Lendall (Green-Independent)


In the lead-up to the 2002 elections, Republicans in Arkansas appeared to be moving towards a bright future. While the Democratic party held a majority of registered voters in the state, popular governor Mike Huckabee seemed to be cruising to victory, and Tim Hutchinson, whole weaker, still had a strong chance at retaining the seat for the Republican party.

Then the campaigns actually started, and the Republican case to continue leading Arkansas collapsed like a pile of bricks. First came the senate race, where Tim Hutchinson faced a surprisingly strong primary challenger in Jim Bob Duggar, who attacked Hutchinson from the right, and while he was dispatched easily, it still weighed down on the Hutchinson campaign, as did Hutchinson’s past divorce and remarriage with an aide. Considering that Republicans had been swept into power in 1998 as a party of anti-corruption, Hutchinson being hit for his divorce hurt the party’s credibility seriously, and he lost to the son of the man who he succeeded in congress, Mark Prior.

Then there was the gubernatorial election. While Huckabee was expected to win by a large margin in 2001, the surprisingly socially conservative campaign of Jimmie Lou Fisher, who attacked Huckabee for not executing enough people as governor, and played up national security concerns after 9/11 struck. Huckabee also faced a lawsuit from his own daughter, and while he tried to attack Fisher’s support from Bill Clinton, Fisher countered by saying that Huckabee was attempting to consolidate power by running his wife for Secretary of State. The election would end in an extremely dirty and expensive race, as both Democrats and Republicans saw Huckabee as a strong future presidential candidate in 2004 or 2008, and acted accordingly. While Huckabee had a late stage surge due to massive financial help from Republicans, he still lost to Fisher 52-47, and saw his political career practically ended. Huckabee would see a slight revival working in the Gilmore administration as Ambassador At-Large for Religious Freedom.

Fisher’s victory was a great one for Arkansas Democrats, who were able to defeat a popular governor, but Tucker would soon see opposition arise within her own party due to her more conservative positions. This culminated in Jim Lendall and multiple other left wing members of the Arkansas Democratic Party forming the so-called “Independent Democratic Caucus” in protest. However, after several weeks the small caucus dissolved and only Lendall remained an independent, which he moved away from in 2006 in the hopes of opposing Fisher in the primary. However, Fisher’s strong handling of the crisis that followed Hurricane Katrina lead to any opposition facing difficulty in the face of a popular governor in a Democratic year. This trend continued in the general election as Republican nominee Mark Martin was blown out of the water in the 2006 race, and Democrats got to appreciate a second term in office.

In 2010, Fisher was unable to run for re-election due to term limits, and in her place the Democrats nominated Benny Petrus, the speaker of the Arkansas House of Representatives, and a popular figure within the party. Meanwhile, Republicans, struggling to maintain any kind of strength following the 2009 recession and the collapse in President Gilmore’s popularity, struggled to find a candidate, before eventually starting a draft movement for former Walmart CEO Mike Duke. Duke’s campaign was entirely self financed and he attempted to run as a “people’s millionaire”, similarly to Ross Perot’s campaigns in 1992 and 1996. However, unlike Perot Duke was much more stiff, he was attacked as a carpetbagger, and 2010 we certainly not a good time to be running as a multi millionaire when many people were being forced out of their homes and going broke. Duke struggled to run any campaign of substance, and his presence allowed for two campaigns, that of Constitution nominee Randy Alexander, who ran a populist and also paleoconservative fusion campaign that was boosted by the Constitution Party’s strong performance in the state in 2008, and that of folk singer Rod Bryan, who ran an environmentalist and economically populist campaign supported by Lendall. In the end, Duke was crushed despite turning the election into one of the most expensive of the year to make up for the fact that he polled at 3rd for a good portion of the campaign.

Still, Republicans in Arkansas were boosted after the election of Dave Fruedenthal, who despite his more conservative leanings was tarred as a godless liberal by many on the right. Not only that, but a long time anger at Arkansas Democrats finally came home to roost. The 2014 gubernatorial election saw Wesley Clark, who famously ran for president in 2004 as a Republican, finally accept the state Republican Party’s calls and run for governor, face off against pretty much the same race as 2010 but with Bryan running on the Green-Independent line (he was endorsed by the Greens in 2010 anyway) and with Alexander running simply as the “true conservative” opponent to Clark, something that collapsed his momentum from 2010, as the state Constitution Party finally broke between its more moderate and simply anti-establishment faction lead by 2008 Senate nominee Keith Carle, and its more conservative faction lead by Alexander. Clark was able to take a strong lead, especially as Bryan rose in the polls, and never looked back as he won a solid victory over Petrus.

As with 2002, there also happened to be a senate race going on. This time the election pitted incumbent Mark Pryor against constant loser from the 1990s Sheffield Nelson, who attacked Pryor for some of his votes on more environmentalist bills that Fruedenthal begrudgingly signed in order to appease environmentalists in his own party. Nelson’s campaign saw millions raised by both energy companies excited for a world where they could turn Earth into Venus by choking the skies, and also Mike Duke, who decided that his loss would mean that he now had the opportunity to corrupt every Arkansas election with his millions. In the face of this, a third candidate, country singer Josh Wilson, who was inspired by both Carle and Bryan’s runs, ran for senate on his own “Unity” party line. Wilson declared that he stood for “Unity among Christians, Unity among Arkansans, and Unity among all men”, surprisingly the grassroots campaign was polling at first throughout August, but piles of money heaped on by Republicans and Democrats, and an inability to get actual policy positions out of Wilson’s run based off platitudes hurt him as the campaign went on. In the end, Pryor, who joked about Nelson’s status as a “perennial candidate” and attacked him for his ties to major corporations, eeked out a 0.92% win.

Oh and of course we’re forgetting about Arkansas’s other senate seat, which was held by Blanche Linclon without much opposition except from Mike Huckabee, who’s position in the Gilmore administration during a wave year in reaction to its failures did not go over well among the electorate. However, Lincoln was defeated in 2016 even as Fruedenthal had a better than expected victory in Arkansas due to both a strong Green-Independent campaign, and the Republican nomination of Hogan Gidley, who was young, quite popular among the Republican establishment, and was helped by the fact that unlike Lincoln, he didn’t face a strong primary challenger. Gidley won with a solid plurality as Republicans put in all the stops to defeat Lincoln. Now as 2018 approaches Republicans are in a very similar position to 2002, and it’s up to the citizens of Arkansas to see if things go stronger for the ARGOP this time around...