By JEANNIE NUSS
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas Republicans hope to carve out a majority in the Legislature for the first time in more than a century, even though the racially charged writings of 3 GOP candidates threatens to hurt their momentum.
Democrats hold a 53-46 edge in the House and a 20-15 margin in the Senate ahead of Tuesday's election. The GOP hasn't controlled either chamber in 138 years - since Reconstruction.
Republicans are confident they can change that, despite the emergence of 3 GOP candidates' racially tinged writings.
Rep. Jon Hubbard called slavery a "blessing in disguise." Rep. Loy Mauch called Abraham Lincoln a "war criminal." And candidate Charlie Fuqua (fyoo-KWAY') called for the deportation of all Muslims.
Party leaders distanced themselves from the three, but stopped short of asking them to withdraw their candidacies.Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.