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    Arkansas House speaker won't run for governor

    7:51 AM, May 17, 2013   |    comments
    Rep. Davy Carter is speaker-elect for the Arkansas House of Representatives. (Photo: Arkansas State Legislature)
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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas House Speaker Davy Carter says he won't seek the Republican nomination for governor next year.

    Carter announced Friday he won't be joining the gubernatorial race. Carter said last month he might seek the Republican nomination.

    Carter was elected House speaker last year after Republicans won control of the state Legislature in the November election. The 38-year-old has served in the state Legislature since 2009.

    During this year's legislative session, Carter advocated for a plan to expand health coverage to low-income residents using federal funds. Republicans were sharply divided over the "private option," touted as an alternative to expanding Medicaid.

    Former U.S. Rep. Asa Hutchinson, state Rep. Debra Hobbs and Little Rock businessman Curtis Coleman are seeking the GOP nomination.

    His full statement is:

    "After much deliberation, I have decided against a campaign for Governor at this time. In the past weeks I have had many calls of encouragement and offers of support from fellow Republicans, Independents and yes, even Democrats, all of which I very much appreciate. I love this state and I love public service. Although I will be returning to the private sector, I will find ways to remain involved in public service in Arkansas in the years ahead."

    (Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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