The Benefits and Perils in Running as Ticket (AP Analysis)

by Andrew Demillo, The Associated Press  on Monday, Jun. 24, 2013 7:40 am  

Arkansas gubernatorial hopeful Mike Ross, above, has allied with lieutenant governor candidate and fellow Democrat John Burkhalter in the 2014 race.

Halter, who is seeking the state's top office partly on his promise of an expanded scholarship program, so far isn't targeting the partnership and says he's instead focusing on his own bid.

"I'm going to spend my time, attention and energy focused on the best possible policies for Arkansas," Halter said.

It's a line of attack that Dianne Curry, the Little Rock School board president challenging Burkhalter for the Democratic nomination, was all too happy to launch.

"I believe as the true blue Democrat in this race, we will let the people of Arkansas make these decisions, not some good ole boys in backrooms," Curry said.

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