Republican, Democratic Candidates Graduated From Same High School, Likely A First In State’s Gubernatorial History

Ark. Gov. Asa Hutchinson (Left), Dem. Challenger Jared Henderson (Right). Photo Courtesy: Talk Business & Politics.

LITTLE ROCK (TB&P) — There are plenty of differences between the Republican and Democratic candidates in Arkansas’ gubernatorial race this year.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson, the Republican, and Democratic challenger Jared Henderson also have a common denominator, one that’s believed to be a first in the state’s modern political history


Hutchinson and Henderson are both graduates of Springdale High School. The governor graduated in 1968; Henderson in 1997.

Has there ever been a governor’s race in Arkansas where the candidates from the two major parties are graduates of the same high school? It’s an interesting oddity, at the least. But a historical first?

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