While choosing our next president is certainly getting the most media coverage, there are many state legislative races that will decide the make-up of the next Legislature.
In the House, Republicans hold the majority by eight seats. They currently have a 73-61 majority over their Democrat counterparts. There are six Republican members and four Democrats retiring. Another five Democrats are running for a state senate seat. For the Democrats to retake the House majority they will need to retain the nine vacated seats and win elections in seven seats currently held by Republicans.
In the Senate, the Democratic leadership currently holds a 39-28 majority over Senate Republicans. There are eight retiring Democrats, as well as one Democrat running for Congress. The Republicans have four retiring members. In order for the Senate Republicans to flip the majority they would need to retain the four vacated seats while picking up six seats that are currently represented by a Democrat.
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