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    Little Rock News:

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Lt. Gov. Mark Darr's decision to stay in office despite his ethics lapses may intensify a push by Democrats at the Capitol to impeach the Republican official.

    Under the state constitution, Darr would be suspended if 51 or more House members vote to impeach him. Senators would then hold a trial, with 24 votes necessary in the 35-person chamber to permanently remove Darr from office.

    Darr last week agreed with Ethics Commission findings that he misspent campaign money.

    The 100-member House has 51 Republicans, 48 Democrats and one member of the Green Party. Two Republicans have called on Darr to quit but haven't said whether they would join Democrats in an impeachment vote.

    The Senate has 21 Republicans and 13 Democrats, with one vacancy set to be filled next Tuesday.

    Related Headline: Darr says he won't resign over ethics fines

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