Leslie Rutledge defeated David Sterling in the Republican primary runoff for attorney general. Rutledge will face Democrat Nate Steel in the general election in November. Republican strategist Bill Vickery and Democratic strategist Jessica DeLoach joined KARK following the primary Tuesday night to break down the race and what's next. Vickery says Rutledge will be a force to be reckoned with in November.
"I think she's the toughest politician in Arkansas right now," Vickery said, "She's a very formidable candidate, a woman running for attorney general in Arkansas in the fall, and she's proven that she's not to be messed with."
DeLoach says the rhetoric involved in the Republican primary, particularly involving hot-button issues like abortion and stand-your-ground laws, casts Rutledge as too extreme for independent voters in Arkansas.
"There's a long history of Arkansas voters supporting very moderate people to represent them in the attorney general's office," said DeLoach.
Watch the video to see the full segment, including analysis of the state senate runoff in District 17 between Scott Flippo and John Burris.
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