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Candidate_filingMany acrimonious remarks have been aimed at lawmakers who opposed funding the private option, but apparently the angst was only hot air:  Of the Arkansas House lawmakers who voted against funding, only six drew opponents during the filing period that closed Monday, while 12 will run unopposed in the November 2014 general election.

In the Senate, only four private option opponents are up for re-election.

However, only one — Senator Missy Irvin — picked up an opponent (Phil Grace, R) for the 2014 election, leaving the others (Senators Cecile Bledsoe, Bryan King, and Gary Stubblefield) unopposed.

Six of the private option opponents in the House are term limited and so are not running again — Reps. Jonathan Barnett, Les Carnine, Karen Hopper, Alan Kerr, Terry Rice, and Mary Slinkard — while three are in other 2014 races:  Rep. Ann Clemmer (U.S. Representative, AR-2), Rep. Debra Hobbs (Arkansas Lt. Governor), and Rep. Bruce Westerman (U.S. Representative, AR-4).

These six PO opponents in the House drew opponents:

Rep. Randy Alexander
vs. Lance Eads (R)
Rep. Jim Dotson
vs. Bill Burckart (R)
Rep. Charlotte Fite
vs. Taylor Watkins (I)
Rep. John Hutchison
vs. Dwight Tosh (D)
Rep. David Meeks
vs. Frank Shaw (D)
Rep. Richard Womack
vs. Damon Daniels (D)

(Voters will decide the Alexander-Eads and Dotson-Burckart races in May 2014.)

These 12 Republican state lawmakers who voted again funding the private option will run unopposed:
Rep. Bob Ballinger
Rep. Bruce Cozart
Rep. Gary Deffenbaugh
Rep. Charlotte Douglas
Rep. Joe Farrer
Rep. Bill Gossage
Rep. Kim Hammer
Rep. Justin Harris
Rep. Lane Jean
Rep. Stephen Meeks
Rep. Josh Miller
Rep. John Payton