LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A Republican who had been running for Arkansas state land commissioner is dropping his bid for the office.

Alex Ray on Monday said he was ending his bid for the Republican nomination for the post, citing the fact that he and his wife are expecting the birth of their first child later this year. John Thurston, the Republican currently holding the office, is serving his second term and is running for secretary of state this year.

Ray’s exit leaves Heber Springs businessman Tommy Land as the only Republican currently running for land commissioner. Shaun Hubanks and Larry Williams are seeking the Democratic nomination.

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