April 1, 2006 - Posted at 12:42 p.m. CST
LITTLE ROCK (AP) _ The Republican National Committee chairman
has pledged support for G-O-P gubernatorial candidate Asa
Hutchinson, but stopped short of making a specific financial
Hutchinson trails Democratic candidate Mike Beebe in
R-N-C Chairman Ken Mehlman attended Republican fund-raisers last
night and, earlier in the day, addressed a luncheon gathering of
the state Republican Black Caucus.
Mehlman says Republicans are excited about Hutchinson's race.
But he says he expects a close vote.
State Democratic Party Chairman Jason Willett says Mehlman's
visit highlight's Hutchinson's ties to Washington. Hutchinson is a
former congressman and held positions in the Bush administration.
Beebe is state attorney general and was a longtime legislator.
Mehlman says he plans to return to Arkansas to campaign for
Hutchinson and help raise funds for the party.