Posted 11/7/2012 05:47 am
Updated 1 year ago
LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Democrats will not have a majority of seats in the state House next January, for the first time since Reconstruction.
With results counted through early Wednesday, Republicans hold a 50-48-1 edge over Democrats and the Green Party in the state House. One race is yet to be decided, but the Democrats don't have a candidate in it.
It takes 51 votes to pass a bill out of the House. The GOP can take control of the chamber if it wins a remaining seat in northwestern Arkansas where some votes remain uncounted.
Tuesday night, Republicans gained a state Senate majority for the first time since Reconstruction and hold a 21-13 edge, with one race undecided.
Democrats had controlled both chambers since the post-Civil War period ended in 1874.
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