Lt. Gov. Mark Darr drops out of 4th District race

Associated Press

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Republican Lt. Gov. Mark Darr says he's dropping out of the race for a seat in Congress representing south Arkansas amid ethics questions over his campaign finance reports.

Darr said Thursday he was dropping out of the race "after careful thought and deliberation."

Darr entered the race for the 4th Congressional District earlier this month after incumbent Tom Cotton announced plans to run for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor.

Darr faces questions over reporting hundreds of dollars spent at restaurants and gas stations as fundraising expenses shortly after taking office. Darr has filed an ethics complaint against himself and has said he plans to amend his campaign finance reports to classify the spending as repayment of debts his campaign owed him.

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