AG McDaniel out of 2014 governor's race, Halter in

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    Dustin McDaniel (left) and Bill Halter (right).

    “We are committed to moving forward with my campaign for governor in 2014. I do so humbly recognizing that I need to earn the second chance I'm asking for. I have loved serving the people of Arkansas, and I hope that I'll have the opportunity to continue to do so.”

    -Dustin McDaniel, Jan. 8, 2013


    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says he won't run for governor in 2014, saying that distractions about his personal life would overshadow the discussion about Arkansas' needs.

    Former Lt. Gov. Bill Halter, a Democrat, said almost immediately that he would join the race, which has also attracted former Republican congressman Asa Hutchinson.

    McDaniel has faced questions about his future in the race since admitting to an "inappropriate" relationship with Hot Springs attorney Andrea Davis, who had handled five cases involving McDaniel's office. In a statement to supporters, McDaniel said a campaign "would be about me personally, rather than Arkansas's future."

    (Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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