Halter, McDaniel, Shoffner Win Democratic Nominations in Runoff

JUNE 14, 2006 - Posted at 11:05 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - State Representative Dustin McDaniel of Jonesboro won the Democratic runoff for attorney general.  He joins Bill Halter, who won the party's nomination for lieutenant governor and Martha Shoffner, who is the Democratic nominee for treasurer.

McDaniel beat North Little Rock City Attorney Paul Suskie in a close race for the party's nomination for the state's top law enforcement position.

With 99 percent of precints reporting unofficial results, McDaniel won 51 percent of the vote and Suskie won 49 percent.  It was not apparent until this morning that McDaniel was the winner.

McDaniel will face Republican Gunner DeLay, a former state senator from Fort Smith, in the November 7 general election.

Halter, a former Clinton administration official, had abandoned a campaign for governor because he said he didn't want to wage a negative campaign against Attorney General Mike Beebe.  He won the runoff after a bruising battle with state Senator Tim Wooldridge of Paragould.

Halter faces Republican state Senator Jim Holt of Springdale in the November election, winning by a 56 percent to 44 percent margin.

Shoffner will face Republican Chris Morris, an extradition officer on Governor Mike Huckabee's executive clemency staff.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)