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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The two candidates seeking the Republican nomination for state auditor are touting their background and experience as they run for an office responsible for writing the state's checks and best known for helping Arkansans reunite with unclaimed property.

State Rep. Andrea Lea and Ken Yang are seeking the GOP nomination for the office in Tuesday's primary, hoping to succeed outgoing state Auditor Charlie Daniels. The winner of Tuesday's primary will face Democrat Regina Stewart Hampton and Libertarian Brian Leach. Daniels, who is in his first term, announced last year that he wouldn't seek re-election this fall.

The race has been unusually contentious for the low-profile office, with the two sparring over each other's conservative credentials.

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