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Published March 30, 2010, 01:46 PM

Arkansas GOP Senate hopefuls make pitch to farmers

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Republicans hoping to take Sen. Blanche Lincoln’s seat this fall are focusing on health care and the federal deficit as they appeal for support from Arkansas’ farmers.

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Republicans hoping to take Sen. Blanche Lincoln’s seat this fall are focusing on health care and the federal deficit as they appeal for support from Arkansas’ farmers.

Candidates running for the GOP Senate nomination spoke before a candidate forum held by the Arkansas Farm bureau on Tuesday. Lincoln and her chief rival in the May 18 Democratic primary, Lt. Gov. Bill Halter, both planned to address the group Tuesday afternoon.

Republican congressman John Boozman said if he’s elected he’ll fight the health care overhaul President Barack Obama recently signed into law. State Sen. Gilbert Baker criticized the 2008 bailout of the nation’s banks that Boozman supported.

The bureau represents more than 227,000 farming families around the state. It doesn’t endorse candidates in political races.

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