Sharp County voters voted against Barack Obama in the November election by 56 percent which followed the trend of the state. Arkansas remains the only state from the former Confederacy never to elect an African-American to Congress or any statewide office.
President-elect Obama lost by 20 percentage points in Arkansas even though fellow Democrats control all of Arkansas' statewide offices, both chambers of the Legislature and three of its four congressional districts.
According to blackpoliticsontheweb.com Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana are the only states where President-elect Obama fared worse among white voters than John Kerry in the 2004 election. According to the same Web site, one reason no blacks have been elected to Congress in Arkansas is demographics -- unlike many southern states it has no predominantly black congressional districts.
Arkansas has less than 3 million people and approximately 16 percent of them are black. It took until 2002 for Democrats to nominate a black candidate, Ron Sheffield. Sheffield lost a lieutenant governor's race to Win Rockefeller.
But, is Obama striking back in his own reserved manner? Obama is 15 picks into his Cabinet and has yet to name one southerner. Hillary Clinton is as close as he has come but she is not from Arkansas any more, the New York Senator has been labeled a "Yankee" by many southerners.
According to dyn.politico.com some say Obama is simply picking the most qualified people, no matter what region they are from.
Despite the state's history they will be under the direction of a black president after Jan. 20.
The Presidential Inauguration is slated for Jan. 20. Several television stations will broadcast the event.