Democrats Try to Re-Group after '04 Elections

NOVEMBER 8, 2004 - Posted at 7:42 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Democratic Party in Arkansas is turning its focus toward the Governor's Mansion.

Though the national Democratic Party failed to gain the presidency last week and suffered losses in Congress, Arkansas Democrats say they are in better shape.

The party says Senator Blanche Lincoln's re-election helps keep a 5-to-1 ratio over Republicans in the congressional delegation.

State Democratic leader Ron Oliver says the party's next goal is to win back the governorship and lieutenant governor.  That race is coming in 2006.

The attorney general's office likely will also be up for grabs with current officeholder, Democrat Mike Beebe, widely expected to make a long-delayed run for chief executive.

Winthrop Rockefeller, the current lieutenant governor, is expected to seek the state's top office for the GOP.

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