McDaniel ends campaign for Governor of Arkansas
Little Rock, Arkansas: Current Arkansas Attorney General and 2014 gubernatorial hopeful Dustin McDaniel ended his campaign on January 25. Thought to be the front-runner of the 2014 election, his campaign had already raised over $1 million. This concession comes after McDaniel admitted to an extramarital affair earlier this month.
McDaniel withdrew citing concerns that the campaign would be focused on the wrong things. "I am now convinced that if I run for Governor," he wrote, "this campaign would be about me personally, rather than Arkansas’s future." As current Governor Mike Beebe (D) is term-limited and unable to seek re-election, Democrats face a stiffer challenge with the loss of McDaniel.
Other candidates in the 2014 Arkansas gubernatorial election currently include former Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas Bill Halter (D), current Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas Mark Darr (R), former Congressman and NRA officer Asa Hutchinson (R), and State Speaker of the House Davy Carter (R).