Arkansas Republicans seek majority in Legislature

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas Republicans hope to carve out a majority in the Legislature for the first time in more than a century, even though the racially charged writings of 3 GOP candidates threatens to hurt their momentum.

Democrats hold a 53-46 edge in the House and a 20-15 margin in the Senate ahead of Tuesday's election. The GOP hasn't controlled either chamber in 138 years - since Reconstruction.

Republicans are confident they can change that, despite the emergence of 3 GOP candidates' racially tinged writings.

Rep. Jon Hubbard called slavery a "blessing in disguise." Rep. Loy Mauch called Abraham Lincoln a "war criminal." And candidate Charlie Fuqua (fyoo-KWAY') called for the deportation of all Muslims.

Party leaders distanced themselves from the three, but stopped short of asking them to withdraw their candidacies.

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