Run-Off Races to be Decided Today in Arkansas

JUNE 13, 2006 - Posted at 7:33 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK (AP)  - Voters will go to the polls today to choose

Democratic nominees for lieutenant governor, attorney general and


As the campaigns wind to a close, the two Democratic candidates

for attorney general are differing on abortion policy and a

lieutenant governor hopeful accuses his rival of running a (quote)

``slash-and-burn'' campaign.

Attorney general candidates Dustin McDaniel and Paul Suskie

faced off in a 30-minute radio debate yesterday morning that

featured few fireworks between the two Democrats. The candidates

had spent more than a week publicly wrangling over the details of a

possible debate.

McDaniel, a state representative from Jonesboro, said he

supports keeping abortion legal and said the attorney general's

office plays a role. Suskie, who has said he personally opposes

abortion, said he would enforce the law no matter the future of

Roe-v-Wade, the 1973 U-S Supreme Court case that legalized


McDaniel and Suskie are running to face Republican Gunner DeLay.

In the lieutenant governor primary former Clinton administration

official Bill Halter of North Little Rock and state Senator Tim

Wooldridge of Paragould have been trading accusations.

The winner of the runoff will face Republican state Senator Jim

Holt of Springdale in the November seventh general election.

Wooldridge has criticized Halter for serving on the board of a

company that once did business with adult-oriented sites. Halter

has responded with criticism of Wooldridge's unsuccessful 1995

proposal to reinstate public hangings.

Wooldridge said his criticism of Halter was in response to

attacks Halter made on him. Wooldridge said (quote) ``I know that

he has a lot of out-of-state folks on his campaign and they

probably have that slash-and-burn mentality.''

In the treasurer's race, former state Representative Martha

Shoffner and Mac Campbell, a former aide to U-S Senator Blanche

Lincoln, are running for the Democratic nomination.

The winner will face Republican Chris Morris, a 34-year-old

extradition officer on Governor Mike Huckabee's executive clemency


Runoffs will also be held for seven state House seats and one

Senate seat.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)