FILE - In this file photo taken Nov. 6, 2012, retiring Rep. Tim Griffin, R-Ark. speaks in Little Rock, Ark. Arkansas Democrats have suffered politically in recent years after Republicans tied the

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FILE - In this file photo taken Nov. 6, 2012, retiring Rep. Tim Griffin, R-Ark. speaks in Little Rock, Ark. Arkansas Democrats have suffered politically in recent years after Republicans tied the party to President Barack Obama in federal, state and even local legislative races. But now Democrats hope standing with the president during the 16-day federal government shutdown could bring a reversal of fortune. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File) less 

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