Candidates for 2 Arkansas races address caucus

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Candidates from Arkansas' closely watched political races in 2014 addressed members of the Delta Grassroots Caucus at a conference in Memphis.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor addressed the crowd in person Friday, while his challenger, Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, spoke with members via speaker phone. The caucus also included speeches from Democrat Mike Ross and Republican Asa Hutchinson, who are both running for Arkansas governor.

The governor's office comes open next year because Democratic incumbent Mike Beebe is term-limited. Two other Republicans, state Rep. Debra Hobbs and businessman Curtis Coleman, also seek their party's nomination along with Hutchinson.

The event was held at the Agricenter in east Memphis. Each candidate spoke individually - not in a debate format - and took questions from the audience.

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