In Ark., voters not talking about Afghanistan war

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Associated Press

Posted on April 10, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 10 at 11:02 AM

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — Tom Cotton and John Cowart share the unusual credential of having served in Afghanistan, as the two compete for a congressional seat in south Arkansas. But the two Republicans are discovering something surprising as they campaign in this thickly wooded district of farms and small towns.

Even in a place where at least 1 in 10 residents is a veteran, people aren't really keen to discuss Afghanistan. They're more worried about things at home.

The campaign for Congress in Arkansas' 4th District offers one glimpse of reality in a nation beset with an assortment of concerns as an election approaches. Three Republican contenders along with three Democrats are trying to address what's on voters' minds as grim news from Afghanistan mixes with local worries about jobs, taxes and gasoline prices.

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