Former Arkansas Lt. Gov. Bill Halter announced Monday that he’s dropping out of the Arkansas governor’s race in order to unite the Democratic Party and avoid a “divisive primary” with former Rep. Mike Ross (D-AR).
Halter said in an email to his supporters that “since we announced our gubernatorial campaign, another strong candidate has entered the primary election, and in order to avoid a divisive primary and to help unite the Democratic Party, I am ending my campaign for Governor.”
Halter previously lost a primary runoff against former Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) in 2010.
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