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Obama dislike fuels GOP takeover in Arkansas

Arkansas Republicans are savoring a prize that eluded them for 138 years after sweeping the state's U.S. House seats and wresting control of the state Senate in Tuesday's election.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Republicans are savoring a prize that eluded them for 138 years after sweeping the state's U.S. House seats and wresting control of the state Senate in Tuesday's election.

But an agonizingly close fight for control of the state House opened up the possibility of a sharply divided state Legislature where both parties will have to work together after dozens of bitter and caustic races across Arkansas.

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney won the state's six electoral votes but lost his bid for the White House, and the GOP won all four of the state's U.S. House seats. Republicans won a majority in the state Senate with at least 19 seats. The balance of power in the House remained unclear early Wednesday.

 

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