LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The filing period for Arkansas' political offices opens Monday with candidates traveling to the state Capitol during the week to formally start their 2014 campaigns.
At the top of the ticket are races for the U.S. Senate and for governor.
The Senate contest is expected to draw incumbent Democrat Mark Pryor and Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, who have been airing commercials for months. In the governor's race - former congressmen Mike Ross, a Democrat, and Asa Hutchinson, a Republican, and Republican businessman Curtis Coleman are expected to enter.
The Secretary of State's office expects about 20 candidates for the state's seven constitutional offices during the week and about a dozen for the U.S. House and Senate races.
The filing period closes March 3 and the primary is May 20.
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