Parties focus on key races in drive for legislative control

LITTLE ROCK (Arkansas News Bureau) -- With control of the Legislature on the line, the state Democratic and Republican parties are targeting a number of races they believe are key to tipping the scales in the November general election.

Two years ago, Republicans won more seats in the House and Senate than they have held since Reconstruction, though the GOP wave left Democrats still holding slim majorities in both chambers. Republicans say they expect to win control of both chambers this year, while Democrats say they expect at least to maintain the majorities they have now, if not expand them.

Democrats now hold 53 of the 100 House seats and 20 of the 35 Senate seats. One House seat is vacant because of the recent resignation of Democrat Hudson Hallum of Marion.

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