Parties vow to battle on Ark. statewide offices

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - With state Auditor Charlie Daniels announcing he won't run again, Arkansas Democrats are losing a statewide officeholder who regularly won a majority at the polls.

The announcement Monday prompted the state Republican Party to say it will vigorously campaign for the seat as it works to put GOP candidates in other constitutional offices as well.

The Arkansas Democratic Party says it has already begun recruiting candidates for all statewide elective offices and vows to remain in the majority in that category after next year's election. Republicans have majorities in the House and Senate.

Daniels leaves state government after stints in the governor's office with David Pryor and Bill Clinton, followed by terms as lands commissioner, secretary of state and auditor.

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