Ark. House primaries test fundraising importance

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The primaries for congressional seats in south and east Arkansas have turned into the ultimate battles of the haves and have-nots. Underfunded candidates in all three contested races on Tuesday's ballot hope that grassroots organization and name recognition will overcome staggering fundraising by their rivals.
Three Democrats and three Republicans are seeking their parties' nomination in Tuesday's election in a bid to succeed outgoing U.S. Rep. Mike Ross in south Arkansas' 4th District, and three Democrats are running for the nod to challenge Republican U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford in east Arkansas' 1st District. In all three races, the frontrunners have raised and spent more money than their primary rivals combined.
The congressional races stand out in a primary election that's been focused more on regional and local legislative matchups.
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