8 Republicans seek House seat in NW Arkansas

ROGERS, Ark. (AP) - Republican Congressman John Boozman's decision to ditch his re-election bid to run for Senate has created a heated primary battle among eight Republicans in the conservative stronghold of northwest Arkansas.

The race for Boozman's seat in northwest Arkansas features a mayor, a county judge, a state senator, two former legislators, a retired Drug Enforcement Agency agent, a Gravette city councilman and a retired Air Force general.

All say they want to reduce the size of the federal government and are pushing for a repeal of the federal health care law.

The race will head to a June 8 runoff if none of the candidates receive more than 50 percent of the vote in the May 18 primary. The winner will face Democratic candidate David Whitaker in the November election.

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