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Key races being contested through Arkansas next year

Arkansas Republicans are looking to increase their majority in key races in the state legislature.  Republicans hold a 61-38 majority in the State House and a 24-11 majority in the state Senate.  32 races in the state House and 5 races in the state Senate are up for grabs.  The Executive Director of the Arkansas Republican Party Doyle Webb was in Jonesboro Saturday night for a fundraiser.  He commented about the upcoming election year.

“We have primaries all over the state.  They are in northwest, northeast, southwest, and central Arkansas. It is a great time to be a Republican, and we believe that we can really grow our party more in the upcoming election.”

He tells what some of the key issues will be in the election.

“Making government more efficient and effective, reducing taxes, making government better, looking to restore principles and Republican values; those are the things that will help us in the upcoming election.”

Political analysists say the key for Democrats will involve winning battleground races around the state, including El Dorado, Paragould, and Hot Springs, where incumbents are retiring.  Other areas include Arkadelphia, Jonesboro, North Little Rock, and Dardanelle.  In 2016, Arkansas will be part of the so-called SEC Primary, which will involve several southern states all holding their primaries March first.  Early voting takes place from February 15th through the 29th.