Ark. candidates already preparing for 2014 races

Associated Press

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - The 2014 campaign for Arkansas' top offices had already begun before voters cast their ballots in this year's election. Now it's about to go into full swing.

With an open governor's race and Republicans eager to topple the state's only Democratic senator, candidates from both parties are already laying the groundwork for statewide and federal campaigns that are nearly two years away.

After an election where they won control of the state Legislature for the first time in 138 years, Republicans say they're hoping to build on that success with a sweep of the state's seven constitutional offices and by unseating Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor - who will be the only Democratic member of the state's congressional delegation.

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