The battle for control of the Arkansas House has come down to a recount in Independence County. Recounts Tuesday in Jackson and Poinsett counties left Republican John K. Hutchison with a 45-vote lead over Democrat L.J. Bryant. Poinsett County has as many as 10 provisional and military ballots to consider before certifying results Friday, but by themselves they cannot overturn last week’s election results. Independence County election officials will recount votes Thursday. Craighead County verified its totals Friday without making a change.
The outcome of the recount in the District 52 race could throw control of the Arkansas House into question. If Hutchison holds on, Republicans will hold a 51-48-1 margin over Democrats and the Green Party and control the chamber for the first time since Reconstruction. The GOP won the Senate last week for the first time since the end of the post-Civil War period and will hold a 21-14 edge over Democrats.
The unofficial tally from last Tuesday’s voting shows Hutchison leading 5,049-5,004. Poinsett County Clerk Fonda Condra said Tuesday that the initial tally was unchanged but that up to six provisional votes and four military votes could be added to county totals Friday. Under state law, overseas voters, including those in the armed forces, must have their ballots in within 10 days of an election.
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