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Rutledge wins Republican nomination for attorney general

This article was originally published June 10, 2014 at 9:07 p.m. Updated June 10, 2014 at 9:20 p.m.


Attorney general candidate Leslie Rutledge waves to passing motorists while campaigning Tuesday morning in Little Rock.

Leslie Rutledge has won the Republican nomination for attorney general in Tuesday's runoff election.

The Associated Press called the race for Rutledge over opponent David Sterling at 9:04 p.m. She was leading 36,475-25,557 with 51 percent of the votes in at 9:20 p.m.  

Rutledge, a former attorney for Gov. Mike Huckabee and the Republican National Committee, won three weeks after falling short of winning the primary outright over Sterling and third-place finisher Patricia Nation.

She finished with 47 percent of the vote in that contest to Sterling's 39 percent, necessitating the only statewide runoff race Tuesday. Nation later endorsed Rutledge.

The race leading up to the runoff between the two Republicans was marked by a series of negative ads. Rutledge on Tuesday said Sterling's refusal to denounce an outside group's advertising that likened her to Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi was "dishonest." Sterling, meanwhile, accused Rutledge of running "nasty attacks" on his character, including saying he took money from the pornography industry by representing an Arkansas lingerie store in a 2009 lawsuit.

Rutledge will face Democratic nominee state Rep. Nate Steel of Nashville and Libertarian nominee Aaron Cash in November.

Read Wednesday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for more on this story.

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Dontcallmenames says... June 10, 2014 at 9:28 p.m.

Arkansans voting for the same old politics as usual.

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djigoo says... June 10, 2014 at 10:07 p.m.

Isn't she the candidate who was vilified by the gun nuts and/or Baggers?

If so, brava!

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Reason says... June 11, 2014 at 6:26 a.m.

Rutledge is EXTREME but Sterling is EXTREMELY nuts.

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RoyDaMercer says... June 11, 2014 at 9:11 a.m.

At least Virginia got rid of an incumbent; now if we could find enough voters with a brain to do the same with Reid, Pelosi, and Boehner we could make some progress. If our country would take the money wasted on campaign contributions across the entire US and apply it to our debt we could be running a surplus in no time. We have all of the 1% using their money to elect their 1% buddies; of course Hillary reminded us that no one up there cares about anyone but themselves.

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Packman says... June 11, 2014 at 9:35 a.m.

Hey djigoo - You really are not paying attention, are you. Leslie Rutledge is a big-butted version of Sarah Palin. You are saying "barva" to someone who denounces same-sex marriage, loves guns and I believe has a concealed carry permit, is adamantly anti-abortion, thinks the notion of man-made climate change is a farce, and sees her mission in life as thwarting the overreach of the federal government. In other words, you are saying "brava" to a libs worst nightmare.

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ThinkFree says... June 11, 2014 at 9:48 a.m.

Jesse - Kudos, agree completely!!
Pack - Sound like my kind of woman!!

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conritwng says... June 11, 2014 at 9:53 a.m.


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