Dustin McDaniel (left) and Bill Halter (right).
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says he won't run for governor in 2014, saying that distractions about his personal life would overshadow the discussion about Arkansas' needs.
Former Lt. Gov. Bill Halter, a Democrat, said almost immediately that he would join the race, which has also attracted former Republican congressman Asa Hutchinson.
McDaniel has faced questions about his future in the race since admitting to an "inappropriate" relationship with Hot Springs attorney Andrea Davis, who had handled five cases involving McDaniel's office. In a statement to supporters, McDaniel said a campaign "would be about me personally, rather than Arkansas's future."
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