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)
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
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