Hutchinson airs first ad in bid for Arkansas gov.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Republican gubernatorial hopeful Asa Hutchinson is featuring his wife, Susan, in the first television ad of his bid for Arkansas' top office.

Hutchinson on Monday unveiled the 30-second spot that his campaign said will begin airing statewide this week on cable. Hutchinson's campaign said it is spending $55,000 on the initial ad buy, with an unspecified amount to air it on broadcast channels in the coming weeks.

The ad features Hutchinson and his wife, who praises him as someone who's willing to work with the other side.

Hutchinson is a former congressman running against Little Rock businessman Curtis Coleman for the GOP nomination. Former U.S. Rep. Mike Ross is running against Lynette Bryant for the Democratic nomination.

Ross began airing his first ads in January.

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