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January 31, 2012


LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas: One of the major publications in Arkansas, The City Wire, detailed a few developments in the upcoming 2012 legislative elections in Arkansas.

The battles for State Senate and State House partisan control are likely to be hotly contested this year. The signature filing deadline for candidates is March 1, 2012. All 35 Senate and all 100 House seats are up for election.

Some recent developments:

  • Steve Harrelson (D) is expected to face both a primary challenge and a general election opponent. He won a close primary race in 2010 and then ran unopposed in the general election.
  • Former U.S. House representative David Whitaker is expected to run for election to the Arkansas House of Representatives, representing District 85.[1]

In 2010, 10 of the 17 seats had only one major party candidate in the general election.

Arkansas State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 20 14
     Republican Party 15 21
Total 35 35

Arkansas House of Representatives
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 54 49
     Republican Party 46 51
Total 100 100


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