Here are five things to look for after Election Day in Arkansas:
1. REPUBLICANS' HISTORIC RETURN
Arkansas Republicans seized control of the state Senate and swept Arkansas' four U.S. House seats for the first time since Reconstruction Tuesday. Republicans laid claim to more than half of the state Senate's 35 seats, giving the party an edge it hasn't seen since a special session in 1874. The GOP also showed signs of significant gains in the state House.
2. FIGURING OUT FATE OF THE HOUSE
Democrats won't control the state House in January, but it's not clear whether Republicans will. High turnout and vote-counting problems led to delays on returns in a handful of Arkansas counties, leaving the fate of the state House unknown early Wednesday. The GOP held a 50-48-1 edge over Democrats and the Green Party in the state House as of early Wednesday. One race has yet to be decided, and there's no Democrat running for that seat. A party needs 51 of the House's 100 seats to claim a majority in that chamber.
3. RETURN OF THE GREEN PARTY
Green Party candidate and former Harlem Globetrotter Fred Smith won the state House 50 race in east Arkansas after a judge Tuesday ordered votes not to be counted for his opponent, former Democratic Rep. Hudson Hallum. Smith is the second Green Party member to be elected to the state Legislature. Hallum resigned in September after pleading guilty to an election fraud conspiracy charge. Smith had given up the seat in 2011 after a theft conviction, but became eligible for the seat when his conviction was set aside.
4. NO MEDICAL MARIJUANA
Arkansas voters rejected a proposal to legalize medical marijuana in the state. With about 90 percent of precincts reporting unofficial results early Wednesday, 51.6 percent of voters opposed the legalization of the drug for medicinal purposes. If the initiative had passed, Arkansas would have become the first southern state to allow sales of medical marijuana.
5. YES TO HIGHWAY TAX INCREASE
Arkansas voters approved a half-cent sales tax increase Tuesday to fund $1.8 billion in highway improvements over the next 10 years. That vote will increase Arkansas' state sales tax to 6.5 percent from 6 percent, beginning July 1. The tax will remain in place up to 10 years — or until the bonds issued to pay for the projects are repaid.