Lt. Gov. Mark Darr no longer seeking Congress seat

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV/ AP) -- Arkansas Lt. Governor Mark Darr says he is no longer seeking the 4th District position in the U.S. Congress.

    In a statement released to Talk Business Arkansas Thursday morning, Darr said:

    "After careful thought and deliberation, I will not be seeking the Fourth District position in the United States Congress. I feel that my priority needs to be focused on my family and sometimes trying to achieve titles gets in the way of that. I look forward to serving out my current term as Lt. Governor and helping my friends get elected or re-elected should they desire my assistance. I have made many friends across this state -young and old, Democrats and Republicans -and for their unwavering support I am humbled."

    Recently, Darr filed an ethics complaint against himself Aug. 23 over several errors he said he made in reporting how his campaign spent money shortly after he took office in 2011.

    Darr filed the complaint after the Blue Hog Report website questioned hundreds of dollars spent at gas stations and restaurants that were classified as fundraising expenses.

    Hot Springs businessman Tommy Moll, who is seeking the GOP nomination for the seat, thanked Darr for his service to Arkansas and wished him well.

    House Majority Leader Rep. Bruce Westerman, who's also running, saluted Darr for being a part of the 2010 election where Republicans made major gains..

    A spokeswoman for the Democratic Party of Arkansas says Lt. Gov. Mark Darr's withdrawal from the 4th District congressional race is "appropriate".

    Candace Martin says it's up to Darr to determine whether resignation or further action is needed before the ethics commission investigation is complete.

    Cotton earlier this month announced he was running against Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor in 2014.

    (The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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