LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Former Lt. Gov. Bill Halter is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor in 2014.

A spokesman for Halter announced Friday the former lieutenant governor would file paperwork next week to make his bid for the state's top office. Halter's announcement came moments after a source told The Associated Press that Attorney General Dustin McDaniel would drop out of the race for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.

Halter was elected lieutenant governor in 2006 and ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate against incumbent Blanche Lincoln in 2010. Halter, a former Clinton administration official, championed the constitutional amendment voters approved in 2008 to create a state-run lottery for college scholarships.