GOP Aims for Gains in State Legislatures in 2014

Friday, 02 May 2014 09:43 AM

By Melanie Batley

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Having made strides during the 2010 elections to win control of state legislative chambers across the country, Republicans seek more gains in 2014 elections, The Washington Examiner reported.

Republicans won the bulk of the winnable state legislative races during the 2010 tea party surge. Since then, taking control of a new set of statehouses currently run by Democrats has become the next GOP ambition.

States on the GOP target list include West Virginia, Colorado, Nevada, Kentucky, and New Mexico, according to the Examiner.

"West Virginia is a red state, there's no question about that," Hoppy Kercheval, a radio broadcaster and political observer in the state, told the Examiner. "The elections are kind of catching up to that."

Kercheval said it's "very likely" that Democrats' slim 53-47 majority in the state's House of Delegates will disappear in November. The Senate could prove more difficult to flip, but not impossible, he said.

In New Mexico, the House has been held by Democrats since the 1950s, but Republicans have chipped away at their majority over the last few elections, leaving just three seats that need to be won for the GOP to take control of the chamber.

In the Colorado Senate, Democrats have a one-seat majority, which is also the case in the Nevada Senate.

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