The Republican primary for the Fourth Congressional District just got a little clearer today as businessman Marcus Richmond announced that he will suspend his campaign and endorse Tom Cotton.
Here is his statement…
“As I’ve traveled the district, my campaign for Congress has been focused on experience and service. The fourth district deserves a Republican nominee who has the experience to run an effective campaign and the heart to serve every constituent. We deserve a Congressman who won’t get caught up in the partisan politics and has the guts to say no to bad policy. We need a Congressman who has courage, honor and principle. That’s why today, as I suspend my campaign, I’m endorsing Tom Cotton for Congress.”
“As I’ve come to know the other candidates over the last several months it has become apparent Tom is ready to be a conservative leader in Washington. He is the clear choice in this race if we expect someone to help change the way D.C. works. I have appreciated all the support and friends I’ve made during this campaign, and I encourage everyone to join me in supporting Tom Cotton.”
The Republican field is now narrowed down to Cotton, Beth Anne Rankin, and John Cowart.
On the Democratic side, State Sen. Gene Jeffress and D.C. Morrison both say they are running, and State Rep. Johnnie Roebuck is rumored to be considering running as well.
Filing begins tomorrow at noon.
UPDATE – Cotton for Congress released this statement this afternoon…
“Marcus Richmond is a proven military leader, a job creator, and — above all — a patriot,” said Tom Cotton. “I have enjoyed getting to know Marcus and Susan during this campaign, and I’m grateful for their friendship. I am honored to have Marcus’s endorsement and support in our effort to elect a strong conservative leader in the Fourth District.”
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