LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A county clerk says provisional ballots being counted Friday will tighten a legislative race, but new figures from Poinsett County won't reverse the outcome by themselves.
Control of the Arkansas House depends on results from District 52, where Republican John K. Hutchison defeated Democrat L.J. Bryant by 44 votes. Bryant asked for a recount, and Independence County's tally Thursday could settle things.
Since Election Day, Hutchison gained a provisional vote in Jackson County and may have two more in Poinsett County, pending verification. Poinsett County Clerk Fonda Condra said Wednesday Bryant will collect three provisional ballots at Friday's vote-certification meeting.
Four military votes are due Friday, three in Poinsett County and one in Independence.
If the results hold, Republicans will control the Arkansas House for the first time since Reconstruction.
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