Hobbs leaves Arkansas gov.'s race; to run for lt. gov.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - State Rep. Debra Hobbs says she is no longer running for governor and will instead run for lieutenant governor.

The Republican legislator announced Wednesday the lieutenant governor's office fits her agenda best. She says she wanted to work for government accountability, economic prosperity and post-secondary education.

Hobbs enters a race that already includes Republican state Reps. Andy Mayberry and Charlie Collins and former Highway Commissioner John Burkhalter, a Democrat. Republican U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin is also considering a run.

There is no incumbent. Former Republican Lt. Gov. Mark Darr resigned Feb. 1 over ethics and campaign finance violations.

Hobbs' departure from the governor's race leaves former congressman Asa Hutchinson and Little Rock businessman Curtis Coleman on the GOP side. Former congressman Mike Ross is the only Democrat running for governor.

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