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Washington (CNN) - They are two of the hottest battlegrounds in the 2014 fight for control of the U.S. Senate.
And Wednesday a leading pro-Democratic group said it's going up with TV commercials in North Carolina and Arkansas that target Republicans challenging incumbent Democratic Sens. Kay Hagan and Mark Pryor, who face tough re-elections this year.
(CNN) - Arkansas Lt. Governor Mark Darr has announced he'll resign following an ethics scandal that has shaken the state capital of Little Rock.
His decision comes on the heels of a state ethics commission finding that the Republican had broken 11 campaign finance rules since 2010.
Washington (CNN) – Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe, a Democrat, has asked Republican Lieutenant Gov. Mark Darr, the state's second in command, to resign over campaign finance impropriety.
Beebe called Darr on Tuesday to ask for his resignation, according to a spokesman for Beebe, after an Arkansas ethics commission ruled that Darr had broken 11 campaign finance laws since 2010.
(CNN) - Mike Huckabee appears to be thinking of doing in 2016 what he didn't do in 2012: Make another bid for the White House.
The pastor, former Arkansas governor, and 2008 Republican presidential candidate, who ran a strong second in the primaries and caucuses to eventual GOP nominee Sen. John McCain, is starting to talk like someone who is contemplating another national run.
(CNN) – The Senate campaign for Republican Rep. Tom Cotton distanced itself Wednesday from an attack by the National Republican Senatorial Campaign on an ad released by opponent Sen. Mark Pryor highlighting his religion in their home state of Arkansas.
Pryor, a vulnerable, two-term Democratic senator up for re-election next year, launched a new television ad Wednesday, saying, "I'm not afraid to say that I believe in God and I believe in his word."
(CNN) - Rep. Tim Griffin, R-Arkansas, announced Monday he will not seek a third term next year.
The Congressman said in a statement he wants to spend more time with his family.
(CNN) – Republican Rep. Tom Cotton of Arkansas announced Tuesday he will challenge Mark Pryor, the senior senator from his state and one of the most vulnerable Democrats up for re-election next year.
"No one will outwork me in this campaign. I will always defend our shared principles when they are attacked by anyone. I will do the right thing, even when it's the hard thing. And I will never, ever forget how I was raised or where I come from," the freshman congressman told a crowd at his campaign launch in Dardanelle Tuesday.
Washington (CNN) - Get ready for what could be another crucial and bruising 2014 Senate battle, this time in Arkansas, which could ultimately decide whether the Democrats keep control of the chamber.
Republican Rep. Tom Cotton plans next week to announce a 2014 bid for the U.S. Senate, according to a GOP operative in Arkansas, who asked to remain anonymous in order to speak more freely.
(CNN) – After a barrage of television ads hit Arkansas airwaves criticizing Sen. Mark Pryor, the Democrat is going up with his own spot defending himself as an independent mind beholden to no special interests.
"The mayor of New York City is running ads against me because I oppose President Obama's gun control legislation," Pryor says in the spot. "Nothing in the Obama plan would have prevented tragedies like Newtown, Aurora, Tucson, or even Jonesboro. I'm committed to finding real solutions to gun violence while protecting our second amendment rights."