Three Races Top Ballot As Early Runoff Voting Starts

Jun 2, 2014

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Early voting opens Tuesday for Arkansas' primary runoff, though state election officials aren't expecting many people to take part.

Just 21 percent of the state's 1.6 million registered voters showed up for April's primary. And with only one statewide race headed to a runoff, the Secretary of State's office says only around 4 percent of voters - or about 30 people per precinct - are expected.

Topping the ballot is a Republican contest to determine a nominee for attorney general. Leslie Rutledge and David Sterling of Little Rock each say that, if elected, they would fight what they call overreaching federal government. State Rep. Nate Steel is the Democratic Party nominee.

The June 10 ballot also features two legislative runoffs.