Election results point to GOP ascendancy

LITTLE ROCK (Arkansas News Bureau) -- The Republican sweep of Arkansas' U.S. House delegation and a GOP takeover of the state Senate, and possibly the state House, mark a historic shift in the state's political landscape.

Republicans have not controlled either chamber of the Legislature since Reconstruction and have never before held all of the state's U.S. House seats. Democrats' long-held dominance was shaken in 2010 when Republicans won three of the four U.S. House seats and reduced Democratic legislative majorities to slim margins, but with Tuesday's general election results the state appears to have reached the tipping point.

"I think the last two elections suggest that we are in a new era," said Hal Bass, a political science professor at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia. "I think it reflects the ability of the Republican Party to appeal to the natural conservatism, social and economic, of the electorate and their ability to tar and feather Arkansas Democrats with the taint of the national Democrats and President Obama."

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