Democrat drops bid to challenge Sen. Tom Cotton in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – The Democratic candidate hoping to unseat Republican
U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton in Arkansas has dropped out of the race, citing a family
health concern.

Josh Mahony announced on Twitter Tuesday that he was dropping out of the race,
hours after the filing deadline for Arkansas expired. Mahony did not immediately
return messages seeking comment Tuesday afternoon.

Mahony was the only Democrat who had filed to run against Cotton.

The announcement leaves Democrats without a candidate to challenge Cotton, who
was first elected to the Senate in 2014. Mahony had badly trailed Cotton in
fundraising and faced an uphill challenge in the solidly red state.

Mahony last year unsuccessfully challenged Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Womack
in northwest Arkansas.

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