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(Little Rock) (AP) – Gubernatorial hopeful Mike Ross and lieutenant governor candidate John Burkhalter are endorsing each other in their respective races in Arkansas’ Democratic primary next year.

The two announced the endorsements on Saturday, days after Burkhalter announced he was opting out of a run for the state’s top office.

Ross, a former congressman, faces former Lt. Gov. Bill Halter for the Democratic nomination for governor. Incumbent Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe is prohibited from running for re-election because of term limits.

Burkhalter is a member of the state Highway Commission. Little Rock School Board President Dianne Curry has also announced she’s running for the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor.

Former U.S. Rep. Asa Hutchinson, Little Rock businessman Curtis Coleman and state Rep. Debra Hobbs are running for the Republican gubernatorial nomination.

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