Halter, Shoffner Win Democratic Nominations; McDaniel-Suskie Race Too Close to Call

JUNE 14, 2006 - Posted at 7:34 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Former Clinton administration official Bill Halter has won the Democratic Party's nomination for lieutenant governor.  Halter topped state Senator Tim Wooldridge (D-Paragould) in nearly complete but unofficial returns from yesterday's voting in the Democratic runoff.  Halter got 56 percent of the vote to Wooldridge's 44 percent.

The runoff campaign was an acrimonious one, but Halter says the bitter battle for the nomination won't hurt him in his general election campaign against Republican state Senator Jim Holt.

Former state Representative Martha Shoffner of Newport won the Democrats' nomination for treasurer, beating rival Mac Campbell of Harrison with 54 percent of the vote to Campbell's 46 percent.  She will face Republican Chris Morris in November's general election.

In the Democratic runoff for attorney general, state Representative Dustin McDaniel of Jonesboro appears to have won over North Little Rock city attorney Paul Suskie with almost all of the vote counted.  Suskie pins his hopes on Saline County, where equipment problems delayed vote-counting until today.  The winner of that contest will meet Republican Gunner DeLay, a former state senator from Fort Smith, in the fall campaign.

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