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Democrats lose control of state Senate, House

By ANDREW DeMILLO The Associated Press

This article was originally published November 7, 2012 at 6:34 a.m. Updated November 7, 2012 at 10:05 a.m.

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.

That remaining seat is in Benton County, where some votes remain uncounted. There, Republican Sue Scott, with 6,234 votes, or 61.56 percent, was leading independent Mark Moore, who had 3,893 votes, or 38.44 percent, with zero of 13 precincts reporting.

It takes 51 votes to pass a bill out of the House, and the Benton County seat would give the GOP a majority.

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.

Arkansas Democrats will not have a majority of seats in the state House next January, for the first time since Reconstruction.

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DerbiRider says... November 7, 2012 at 3:14 p.m.

Will things go better with Koch?

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Populist says... November 7, 2012 at 3:41 p.m.

I am sure that the Republicans will give Brummett much fodder for his column.

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aimee says... November 7, 2012 at 5:41 p.m.

We need to watch out for "model" bills coming from OUTSIDE of Arkansas.. Thankfully the Republican party has been stymied in the federal government.. The states will have to learn the "hard way" as more of their precious "liberty" is raffled off to the highest out-of-state bidder..!!!

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... November 7, 2012 at 6:56 p.m.

Oh what will Gov. Beebe do?

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Packman says... November 7, 2012 at 8:05 p.m.

The people of Arkansas are wise in their ways. The era of Good ole Boy politics is over. No more Shane Broadway's getting sham jobs; no more trolling for votes in east Arkansas; no more free passes for the Martha Shoffner's of the state; no more lottery officials hired by good ole boy political appointees gouging taxpayers; no mas, no mas, no mas. The voters of Arkansas have spoken. Thank God!

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FreeSpiritMan says... November 7, 2012 at 9:44 p.m.

At least the South has been proven to be irrelvant in the national election.

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