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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas Democrats are calling themselves the champions of the middle class on issues such as the minimum wage and Medicaid expansion as they gather for their state convention.

The party's nominees for statewide and congressional office touted their support for raising the state's minimum wage and keeping Arkansas' "private option" Medicaid expansion alive as they addressed delegates at the convention Saturday. They derided their Republican rivals as out of touch on issues affecting working families.

The speakers included Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor, who is locked in a nationally watched fight for a third term against freshman U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton. Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Mike Ross, who is running against Republican nominee Asa Hutchinson, also spoke at the convention.

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