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    Asa Hutchinson raises $350K for governor bid

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Former U.S. Rep. Asa Hutchinson says he's raised more than $350,000 in his bid for the Republican gubernatorial nomination in Arkansas.

    Hutchinson on Wednesday said he was officially kicking off his candidacy for the state's top office now that he's completed a school safety study for the National Rifle Association. Hutchinson in January said he planned to seek the GOP nomination.

    Hutchinson said his campaign will report raising more than $350,000 for the first three months of the year and will have $346,000 cash on hand.

    Little Rock businessman Curtis Coleman is the other announced Republican candidate for governor.

    Former Lt. Gov. Bill Halter is seeking the Democratic nomination. Former U.S. Rep. Mike Ross has said he's considering joining the race and is expected to announce his decision next Wednesday.

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