State Senator Gene Jeffress announces bid for Congress
There are currently three Republican candidates who have announced an intention to run for the seat. Beth Anne Ranking, Tom Cotton and Marcus Richmond have already said that will run for the GOP nomination.
A total of 10 senators are termed out in 2012, 7 of whom are Democrats while 3 are Republicans.
The Democratic Party has a slim 5-seat hold on the partisan advantage of the Arkansas State Senate.
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The 2012 elections will likely be a contentious battle for control of the Senate. The GOP picked up 7 seats in the 2010 state senate election. With all 35 seats up for election on November 6, 2012 the stage is set for a heated battle for chamber control.