By ANDREW DeMILLO
JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - The big issue in the 1st District race for Congress is which candidate will do the most for east Arkansas farmers.
First-term Republican U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford says he's devoted himself to agriculture issues in his time in office. But Democratic Challenger Scott Ellington argues that the failure by the Republican-dominated House to pass a farm bill hurts Crawford's ability to show his effectiveness.
Democrats hope Ellington can unseat Crawford so the state has at least one Democrat in the House. But Ellington, a prosecutor, hasn't been able to come close to Crawford in fundraising.
Ellington has raised $324,000, about one-fourth of Crawford's war chest of $1.2 million.Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.