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Lt. Gov. Darr to resign February 1st
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Lieutenant Governor Mark Darr will formally resign on Saturday.

It's unclear what will happen next, but THV 11's Dustin Wilson spoke with the governor on Friday.

It's clear that the governor does not want to hold a special election, but ultimately the legislature will have to decide what to do during the upcoming fiscal session.

Procedure would be to hold a special election, but legislative leaders showed the Governor a draft bill that would give him the discretion on whether to call the special election for Darr. House and Senate leaders said they'd rather keep the office vacant, since the election will be in November.

At this point the governor has not received an official resignation letter, although Darr released a statement to the public:

"Well I just as soon would not have a special election ten months or eight months or four months from now. As long as this would take it would probably be just two or three months because you've got to have a filing period, then you've got to have a primary, you've got to allow for a runoff, you've got to allow for a general election. So by the time somebody took office there would be a very short window left in there," said Darr.

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