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Arkansas Republican: Hillary Would ‘Get Shot at State Line’

An Arkansas Republican party official raised some eyebrows this week, saying that if Hillary Clinton campaigned for president in Arkansas she would “get shot at the state line.”

Asked how Clinton would do in Arkansas, where her husband served as governor, 2nd Congressional District chairman Johnny Rhoda told U.S. News and World Reports, “She’d probably get shot at the state line.”

When the reporter pressed, saying that there must be some support given her and her husband’s history in the state, Rhoda replied, “Nobody has any affection for her. The majority don’t.”

Rhoda may be in for a rude awakening. Not only is Clinton leading every Republican in the national polls, she also leads every potential Republican candidate except for longshot candidate and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee in the state.

According to a PPP poll released in May, Clinton leads former Florida Governor Jeb Bush 46-41, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul 48-42, and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie 47-38. Even if Huckabee were to magically pull off a nomination win, the former Secretary of State only trails the Fox News host by a margin of 47-44, well within reach.

And that’s kind of the problem with all this political speech and hyperbole all over the news, isn’t it? When political biases lead people to dismiss actual data.

Rhoda himself actually became something of an infamous figure in rural Arkansas a few years back while working as an adviser to Tim Griffin who was running for a U.S. House seat.

During the campaign, Griffin hyped up Rhoda as a “doctor,” saying he had a Ph.D. in business administration from Belford University.

Belford University, as it turns out, is not a school so much as a post office box in Humble, Texas.

The Arkansas Times reports, “You apply for a degree on the internet by clicking on a box that says ‘Order Now.’ You pay a fee, depending on the degree you want and whether you want to graduate with honors, which costs an extra $75. The diploma is mailed within a week from a place where it is legal, Abu Dhabi.”

So, at least as a Ph.D. from the illustrious Belford U., Rhoda is well qualified to give an academic analysis of Clinton’s electoral chances…

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