Runoff for Rep. Berry's seat takes shape

Arkansas Democrats are coalescing around Chad Causey in the race for Rep. Marion Berry's (D) seat.

Two of the four candidates who lost in the first round of the primary, state Sen. Steve Bryles and state Rep. David Cook, endorsed Causey on Wednesday.

Cook and Bryles finished with 15 and 10 percent, respectively, in the May 18 primary. Causey, who finished second with 27 percent, welcomed their support.

"Momentum is on our side, and we are going to be come out on top on June 8," he said in a statement.

Causey is Berry's former chief of staff. He faces former Lt. Gov. Tim Wooldridge in the runoff for the nod. Causey has the support of the Arkansas AFL-CIO and is considered the more centrist Democrat in the race.

The winner faces Republican Rick Crawford in the general election.