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Fact-checking the RNC: PolitiFact has got this

18

July

Florida delegates to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland kicked off their quadrennial confab with a breakfast featuring four speakers. PolitiFact took a look at some of their talking points.

Arkansas Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson, touted his state’s economy on his watch.

“I’ve been governor for 18 months,” he said. “We have a 3.8 percent unemployment rate, which is the lowest rate in the history of Arkansas.”

He’s correct. The state set a new record low for unemployment in March 2016 with 4.1 percent, breaking the previous mark set in 2000. The rate fell further, to 3.9 percent in April and 3.8 in May.

More here. And watch for PolitiFact's live fact-checking tonight on Twitter. Follow @PolitiFact.

[Last modified: Monday, July 18, 2016 1:53pm]

    

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