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    GOP has edge for Ark. House seat after 2 recounts

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - After a pair of recounts in a state representative race in northeastern Arkansas, a Republican candidate holds a 45-vote lead over a Democrat as both political parties fight for control of the state House.

    Jackson County election officials met Tuesday and verified its numbers from last week's State House 52 race, including a provisional ballot that was added Thursday. Craighead County verified its numbers last Friday.

    With recounts pending in Independence and Poinsett counties, Republican John K. Hutchison leads Democrat L.J. Bryant 5,049-5,004.

    The Republican majority in the House of Representatives rests on the results. If the results stand, Republicans will hold a majority in the House for the first time since Reconstruction.

    Poinsett County was also conducting its recount Tuesday. Independence County will hold its recount Thursday.

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