Arkansas governor hopeful among last to file for '18 races

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A hair braider from Maumelle who's seeking the Democratic gubernatorial nomination was among the last candidates to make their bids official as the one-week filing period for Arkansas' election ended.

Leticia Sanders filed paperwork Thursday to seek the Democratic nomination for governor. That creates a two-person primary with Jared Henderson, who filed earlier this week for the race. Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson faces Jan Morgan in the May primary.

Democrat Chintan Desai filed to run for the 1st Congressional District seat held by Republican Rep. Rick Crawford, who is seeking re-election. Robb Ryerse filed to run in the Republican primary for the 3rd Congressional District against incumbent Rep. Steve Womack.

Election officials say 135 Republicans and 91 Democrats filed to run for state and federal office over the past week.

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