|Updated: 6/24/2012 9:42 am
||Published: 6/23/2012 5:10 pm
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Saturday, state GOP members elected 21 delegates and 21 alternates to the Republican National Convention. They are all pledged to Mitt Romney in Tampa this August.
While taking back the White House is one of the party's main goals this fall, Republicans are also pretty confident about picking up seats statewide. GOP members say it won't be an easy race for either President Barack Obama or Mitt Romney, but they're quite confident Arkansans will overwhelmingly vote for their candidate.
"The governor will win Arkansas without any problem probably by double digits, so we'll be working hard to elect from the ground up local officials and state officials that can support him and his efforts," says National Committeewoman Jonelle Fulmer.
"We anticipate that Arkansas may cast the largest vote, give him the largest margin of victory of any state. But what we're really focusing on this year is taking control of our State House and State Senate for the first time in 138 years," says Doyle Webb who is the Chairman of the Republican Party of Arkansas.
And, Webb has this message for Ron Paul supporters.
"If you choose to vote for a third party candidate, or some other individual, you'll be casting a vote for Barack Obama," says Webb.
Both the National Committeeman and Committeewoman elected Saturday in North Little Rock think Democrats have spent too much money.
"We want to overturn Obamacare. We feel like, again, it's another federal program that's gonna be too expensive for us that we can't afford and is going to continue to take our country in the wrong direction and possibly into bankruptcy," says National Committeeman Jonathan Barnett.
"I'm just thankful, personally, that Obama hasn't been able to accomplish quite as much as he had hoped, because the things he's already done have been way more than we can stand," says Fulmer.
Thirty-six Arkansas Republicans will head to Tampa as delegates.
Last weekend, state Democrats chose their delegates to go to Charlotte.