Capitol View: Young Democrats vs Young Republicans on 2018 Elections

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - On Capitol View this week, with the year wrapping up, it's time to look to the future of Arkansas politics. 

Our Jessi Turnure sat down with Jamie Barker, chairman of Arkansas Young Republicans, and Blake Ross, chairman of Young Democrats of Arkansas. 

Barker and Ross shared their thoughts on a broad range of issues on the Arkansas political horizon, including Gov. Asa Hutchinson's run for reelection.

"The promises he ran on, the conservative agenda he's pushed since being elected, I think will be reflected next November," said Barker, who is working on Hutchinson's campaign. "I think he'll probably be elected by at least as large of a margin as last time, if not larger." 

"Gov. Asa Hutchinson may have to worry about getting out of a primary first before he worries about next November if Jan Morgan runs", said Ross. "I'm interested to see how that would turns out. As a casual observer from the other side, I think that would be very interesting."

Congressional candidates are also looking ahead toward next year's primaries. 

A second Democratic candidate announced she's jumping into the race for the state's second congressional district, currently represented by Congressman French Hill. 

Gwen Combs is a teacher and Air Force veteran. She's challenging Paul Spencer who teaches at Catholic High School. 

This week, Combs joined Turnure to talk about her campaign and how her students in the Little Rock School District ultimately inspired her to run. 

"Leading up to the election, my students asked me if Donald Trump is elected, will I be murdered," Combs said. "That was too heavy a load for my students to carry without me feeling like I need to get involved." 

In the months to follow, Combs visited Sen. Tom Cotton and Sen. John Boozman's legislative staff in Washington to speak with them about health care. When they both voted to repeal Obamacare without a replacement plan July 28, she filed with the Federal Election Commission that same day.

To hear the entire conversation, watch the full episode above. Capitol View airs Sunday mornings at 8:30 right before Meet the Press.


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