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Plotting the Arkansas governor's race rumor mill 

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Last week, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, long considered the frontrunner to succeed Gov. Mike Beebe, withdrew from the race, weeks after admitting to an extramarital affair. News of McDaniel's imminent withdrawl prompted former Lt. Gov. Bill Halter to declare his candidacy even before McDaniel formally announced his exit. On the Republican side, former U.S. Congressman Asa Hutchinson has announced (as has lightweight Curtis Coleman). Now with the Democratic frontrunner out of the picture and some Democrats still sore over Halter's tough campaign against Blanche Lincoln, a number of names of potential candidates have surfaced. Below, we offer our wholly unscientific take on the likelihood of their candidacy and what sort of leader they'd be.

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