By Associated Press - Tuesday, January 3, 2017

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson hasn’t formally announced his plans to seek a second term, but is already raising money for his re-election bid.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/2hNx6Fc ) a fundraiser for the Republican governor’s 2018 campaign is set for Thursday night at the Capital Hotel in downtown Little Rock.

The cost to attend is $500 for a guest, $2,700 for a sponsor and $5,400 for a co-host. Hutchinson’s political strategist and consultant Jon Gilmore says the invitation for the fundraiser was sent to a small group of past donors. Gilmore says there is no timeline set for when Hutchinson will formally launch his re-election campaign.

No Democrats have announced a bid so far to challenge Hutchinson.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.arkansasonline.com

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