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Beebe focuses on outside groups in election push

By ANDREW DeMILLO
Associated Press

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe is accusing outside conservative groups of misleading voters about the state's record on education, jobs and taxes as he and fellow Democrats try to prevent a Republican takeover of the Legislature in Tuesday's election.

Beebe and the state's top Democrats kicked off a series of rallies in northeast Arkansas Saturday as the party made a final case to voters on why the party should keep control of the state House and Senate. Republicans are increasingly confident they will win control of the state Legislature for the first time since Reconstruction.

Beebe continued his criticism of conservative groups such as Americans for Prosperity that he says are "trashing" the state in an effort to aid the state GOP. Beebe planned stops in Jonesboro, Paragould and Pocahontas.

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