Gov. Hutchinson officially accepts Republican nomination, will run for re-election

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has formally accepted the state Republican Party's nomination for governor, seeking re-election to a second term.

Hutchinson accepted the nomination at the state Republican Party's convention Saturday in Little Rock. In a statement Hutchinson vowed to further lower income taxes, "transform state government" and raise starting teacher pay to one of the highest rates in the region.

On Friday Hutchinson's 42-year-old son, William Asa Hutchinson III, pleaded not guilty to his fourth driving while intoxicated charge.

Hutchinson prevailed in a Republican primary vote in May after President Donald Trump endorsed him on Twitter. He faces two challengers in November: Democrat Jared Henderson and Libertarian Mark West.