LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A conservative group that criticized Leslie Rutledge during her successful bid for Arkansas attorney general two years ago says it doesn't expect to get involved in her 2018 re-election campaign, and is calling the Republican as a strong advocate for limited government.

The chief counsel and policy director for the Judicial Crisis Network praised Rutledge Tuesday, a day after Rutledge announced she was seeking re-election in two years. Carrie Severino told The Associated Press in an email she didn't expect the group will need to be involved in Rutledge's re-election campaign.

The JCN criticized Rutledge during the Republican primary and runoff two years ago in a series of television ads and mailers. No Republicans or Democrats have announced a bid to challenge Rutledge.

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