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Bitter end to GOP runoff for attorney general

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By ANDREW DeMILLO
Associated Press

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Little Rock lawyers Leslie Rutledge and David Sterling aren't differing much ideologically as they seek the Republican nomination for Arkansas attorney general.

Both vow to use the office to fight the federal government and say they'll continue to defend the state's same-sex marriage ban, abortion restrictions and voter ID law as they're being challenged in court.

The two are locked in an increasingly bitter fight as they approach Tuesday's primary runoff election, the only statewide contest on the ballot. The winner will face Democratic state Rep. Nate Steel and Libertarian nominee Aaron Cash in November.

Rutledge is a former lawyer for the Republican National Committee and ex-Gov. Mike Huckabee. Sterling is a former assistant city manager of Hope who has worked in private practice for the past 15 years.

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