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Buying Time 2024 – Arkansas

This page features Arkansas Supreme Court television advertisements from the 2024 election cycle.

Published: March 13, 2024

On March 5, 2024, Arkansas held general elections for Position 2 and the Chief Justice position on the Arkansas Supreme Court. The candidates for Chief Justice are competing to fill the seat currently held by Chief Justice Dan Kemp, who is retiring due to reaching the state’s mandatory retirement age. Justice Karen Baker and Justice Rhonda Wood defeated Justice Barbara Webb and former Democratic member of the Arkansas House of Representatives, Jay Martin in the election and will advance to a runoff election on November 5, 2024.  

In the general election for Position 2, Justice Courtney Hudson defeated Circuit Judge Carlton D. Jones. 

Total Estimated TV Spending: $168,660

Candidates:  

  • Estimated spending by Rhonda Wood: $9,500 
  • Estimated spending by Barbara Webb: $31,980
  • Estimated spending by Jay Martin: $77,440
  • Estimated spending by Courtney Hudson: $49,740 

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February 29 – FAITH FAMILY AND THE RULE OF LAW 

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In this ad, a voiceover says: “Justice Rhonda Wood stands for faith, family, and the rule of law. She’s not afraid of tough decisions.”  

Sponsor: Rhonda Wood 

Estimated Spending: $9,500 


February 26 – PRIVATE PRACTICE 

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In this ad, a voiceover says: “From private practice to prosecuting attorney to Justice on the Supreme Court, my over four decades of experiences have more than prepared me for this opportunity.”  

Sponsor: Barbara Webb 

Estimated Spending: $31,980 


February 16 – AN OUTSIDER 15 

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In this ad, a voiceover says: “…then there’s Jay Martin, an outsider and conservative lawyer who will enforce the law, not change it.”   

Sponsor: Jay Martin 

Estimated Spending: $38,230


February 15 – NOT A JUDGE 15 

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In this ad, a voiceover says: “As a Chief Justice, I will work for the people and will defend our values against the robe-wearing activists rewriting the law.”  

Sponsor: Jay Martin 

Estimated Spending: $39,170


February 14 – OVER A DECADE 

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In this ad, a voiceover says: “I know first-hand the impact of a good judge and I think about it every time I put on my robe.”   

Sponsor: Courtney Hudson 

Estimated Spending: $25,570


February 14 - HUDSON POPULAR 

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In this ad, a voiceover says: “…I must recognize when what is popular is not what is right, and that’s exactly what I do.”   

Sponsor: Courtney Hudson 

Estimated Spending: $24,170