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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Now both of the men running to be the next governor of Arkansas can claim major endorsements from teachers' groups.

Republican and former representative Asa Hutchinson, R-Candidate for Governor, announced the support of a group of teachers Saturday in Little Rock. The group, Teachers for Asa, is particularly looking for a solution to rising health insurance rates for school workers.

"I am committed to make sure that teacher insurance is affordable, and accessible, and an incentive to teach in our public schools here in Arkansas," Hutchinson said.

The legislature has twice had to meet in special session to stave off spikes in the cost of premiums for school workers.

Democratic nominee Mike Ross collected the support of mostly unionized teachers back in March.

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Ross and US Senator Mark Pryor both spoke at the Jefferson-Jackson Banquet Saturday, and Ross responded to Hutchinson's endorsement by teachers, pointing out the support he has from the state's unionized teachers group.

"I'm proud to have the endorsement of Arkansas' teachers. He tried to pull a stunt today, claiming he's got the support of teachers. The Arkansas Education Association, teachers all over this state, they've endorsed my candidacy," he said.

Ross picked up that endorsement in March, and the former congressman also said he considers himself a quote conservative Arkansas Democrat, and in his words, much like Governor Beebe.

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