Ouachita County, Arkansas

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Ouachita County is a county located in the U.S. state of Arkansas. As of 2000, the population was 28,790. The county seat is Camden.[1] The county was formed on November 29, 1842, and named for the Ouachita River. The county is part of the Camden Micropolitan Statistical Area.

The county is a Democratic Party stronghold and the home of the Pryor family, which includes two U.S. senators, David Pryor (1978–1997) and his son Mark Pryor (elected 2002). The elder Pryor is also a former Arkansas governor and congressman. In 1972, Richard M. Nixon became the first Republican presidential nominee in the 20th Century to win a majority in Ouachita County. However, in the 2008 presidential election, Sen. John McCain won the county by nearly ten percentage votes over Sen. Barack Obama, following President George W. Bush's win over Sen. John Kerry in 2004. Ouachita County has considerable elements of organized labor, which traditionally favors Arkansas and national Democrats.[citation needed]

The county is served by a daily newspaper, the Camden News.

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 740 square miles (1,916 km²), of which 732 square miles (1,897 km²) is land and 7 square miles (19 km²) (0.97%) is water.

Major Highways

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