Arkansas governor starts raising money for re-election bid

     (AP) – Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson hasn’t formally announced

his plans to seek a second term, but is already raising money for his

re-election bid.

     The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports a fundraiser for the Republican

governor’s 2018 campaign is set for Thursday night at the Capital Hotel in

downtown Little Rock.

     The cost to attend is $500 for a guest, $2,700 for a sponsor and $5,400 for a

co-host. Hutchinson’s political strategist and consultant Jon Gilmore says the

invitation for the fundraiser was sent to a small group of past donors. Gilmore

says there is no timeline set for when Hutchinson will formally launch his

re-election campaign.

     No Democrats have announced a bid so far to challenge Hutchinson.


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