Half of Ark. House seats to be contested this fall

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Forty percent of the races in both the Arkansas House and Senate will be uncontested this year, leaving the control of the Legislature to a handful of high-profile races.

Democrats now control both chambers, holding a 54-46 majority in the House and a 20-15 majority in the Senate, but both parties vow to control the Legislature after elections this fall. All 135 seats in the House and Senate are up for election this year after district boundaries were redrawn with new data from the 2010 Census.

Arkansas Democratic Party Chairman Will Bond said he believes the party is poised to increase its majority in both chambers.

State Republican Party chairman Doyle Webb says if GOP candidates campaign, the party will gain a majority in the House and Senate.

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