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      Ark. House eyes possible tie in speaker's race

      By ANDREW DeMILLOAssociated Press

      LITTLE ROCK (AP) - After a campaign season that focused on which party would win Arkansas' House, Democrats and Republicans in that chamber are now grappling with new question: What happens if neither side is in control?

      Republicans claimed a majority in the state House last week for the first time since Reconstruction after winning 51 of the 100 seats in Tuesday's election. But a recount in a northeast Arkansas House race that Republicans won could deny the GOP an outright majority.

      It's a scenario legislative leaders are preparing for as the House nears a Thursday vote on whether to replace Democrat Rep. Darrin Williams as next year's speaker. House leaders are studying what happens if no one wins a majority in the speaker's race.

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