Politics

Delegating Denver #5 of 56: Arkansas

Arkansas View larger image. Total Number of Delegates: 47 Pledged: 35 Unpledged: 12

How to Recognize an Arkansas Delegate: Arkansas is the birthplace of Wal-Mart, and the huge discount retailer plays an important role in Razorback chic. Wal-Mart is where Arkansans go to buy their new T-shirts and camouflage pants for life's special occasions, such as graduations, weddings and funerals. Everyday fashion needs are met at the plethora of yard sales that range from the massive "Bargains Galore on 64" (a 160-mile-long yard sale held each August along U.S. 64 from Fort Smith to Beebe) to the single-house yard sales favored by Democratic senator "Yard Sale Blanche" Lincoln and her camera crew. Due to their love of locally based TCBY yogurt, Arkansans are always growing into their clothes. But as soon as the fit gets a little snug, the old clothes go back to the yard sale, and the cycle continues. This ability to move freely into the clothes of other people plays a significant role in Arkansan psychology. Like hermit crabs moving into abandoned shells, Arkansas Democrats easily adopt the issues and values of Republicans when their survival is essential.

Famous Arkansans: Maya Angelou, Billy Bob Thornton, Scottie Pippen, Helen Gurley Brown, Harry Thomason, Daniel "Niles the Butler" Davis, Sam Walton, Johnny Cash, Al Green, John Grisham and Glen Campbell

Famous Arkansas Democrats: President Bill Clinton, J. William Fulbright (scholarship), Dale Bumpers and Orval Faubus

Famous Arkansans With Denver Connections: Denver Broncos Rod Smith and Cedric Cobbs; former Denver Convention & Visitors Bureau president and CEO Eugene Dilbeck

State Motto: The People Rule (official) The Natural State, The Razorback State (unofficial) Population: 2,810,872 Racial Distribution: 78% white, 15% black, 1% Native American, 1% Asian, 5% Hispanic Per Capita Personal Income: $24,289 (minus Sam Walton's paycheck: $16,904)