Bill Halter Drops Out Of Arkansas Governor’s Race

AP

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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