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Political candidates take over northeast Arkansas

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The November elections are heating up with about 30 days left of campaigning.

During the next four days, virtually every statewide candidate for office will be in Region 8 at campaign rallies, area festivals and tailgate parties.

These candidates say they know how important northeast Arkansas is to the state so they are here this weekend to tell the voters how they plan to make it even better. 

U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR) hosted a campaign event at a coffee shop Friday morning that was all about women's issues.

His female supporters announced the "Women for Pryor" campaign, which he called the foundation of his re-election efforts.

When addressing the crowd, he slammed his opponent, Congressman Tom Cotton (R-AR), for voting against the Violence Against Women Act.

"He actually has voted against it every chance he's had and it's one of the two clear differences between the two of us on this re-election," Pryor said. "If Congressman Cotton had his way, there would be 47 women in this state right now that are not getting these type of services. That's not right. That's not fair."

Congressman Cotton will be in Little Rock tomorrow for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5k.

This Senate race is one of several hotly contested races nationwide, with control of the 100-member Senate up for grabs this fall.

The candidates in the race for Arkansas governor are also in Jonesboro this weekend. 

Republican gubernatorial candidate Asa Hutchinson hosted a free campaign event at the Northeast Arkansas Fairgrounds with a barbeque and live music.

Hutchinson encouraged attendees to "get out the vote" and touched on what he would do as the state's jobs governor.

"My message was about tax cuts to make sure we can grow the economy, to reduce the burden of regulations, have computer science, emphasize career education," Hutchinson said. 

His opponent, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Ross, will talk to voters Saturday before the Arkansas State homecoming game.

U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin was also at Hutchinson's campaign event.

The Republican candidate in the Lt. Governor's race is facing off against Democrat John Burkhalter. 

Rep. Griffin's message to voters was similar to Hutchinson's. 

"To work with the next governor and legislature and focus on jobs," Griffin said. "There's a lot of reforms that we need in this state if we're going to compete with the states around us."

Political candidates are also expected to make appearances at two Poinsett County festivals this weekend: Trumann is hosting the Wild Duck Festival Friday and Saturday and Lepanto is hosting the Terrapin Derby Saturday.

Then on Monday, Former President Bill Clinton will visit Arkansas State to talk at a campaign rally for Democrats. Region 8 News will have a crew there.

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