Incumbent Senator Bill Pritchard and Representative Jon Woods are vying for the republican nod for District 7's Arkansas State Senate seat. As election day nears both guys are on the attack. Early in the campaign Woods had a billboard that questioned Pritchard's tax records, now Pritchard has sent out a mailer that questions Woods record on health care.
Woods said of the recent ad from Pritchard, "I think that he's getting desperate and he's going to say whatever he can to try to make up some ground."
Pritchard said both candidates ads are generating questions, "(I'm) Getting a lot of interesting calls and he said this, you said that, which is right?"
Pritchard defended his ad that claims 'Jon Woods sponsored legislation to implement Obama-care in Arkansas', saying, "He did file that bill and I felt that it was important that people knew that that was a bill that he had filed and a position that he had had in the past."
Woods said the ad is false, "He's decided recently to go negative by being misleading and lying about my record on Obama Care. And anybody that knows me, knows that Jon Woods supporting Obama care is pretty laughable."
While both candidates appear to be on the attack, neither is willing to admit the tactics are negative.
Pritchard added, "It's not like I'm saying he did something he didn't do. That's the only thing that might even be construed to being negative, but I don't consider that negative."
Woods said, "When I talk about his tax record, I don't think that that's being negative because it's factual."
There's no doubt the 'he said', 'he said' will continue until the polls open on May 22nd.
The primary is just step one for both Pritchard and Woods. The winner will take on Democrat Diana Gonzalez Worthen in November.