LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The one-week filing period for office in Arkansas begins this week, and both major parties have plenty on the line as they kick off the 2012 campaign season.
Hundreds of candidates for office are expected to line up at the Capitol starting at noon Thursday to make their bids official. With no statewide candidates, most of the focus will be on the state's legislative and congressional races.
All 135 House and Senate seats will be up this year after redistricting, as well as the state's four congressional seats.
Democrats are trying to rebound from a 2010 election where they lost control of the state's congressional delegation, while Republicans are aiming to win control of the state Legislature. The campaigns for the four Republican presidential candidates are also expected to file.
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