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WashPo: Another Republican Wave in State Races May Be 'Likely'

By    |   Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 02:57 PM

Republican candidates appear poised to make substantial gains in state legislative races this year, while Democrats in many parts of the country find themselves in damage-control mode, seeking to keep losses to a bare minimum.

In the wake of the 2010 GOP landslide, Republicans currently control 59 of 98 partisan state legislative chambers around the country, with Democrats in charge of 39. Four years ago, Republicans won more than 700 legislative seats   close to 10 percent of all seats across the United States. The GOP used the gains it made in state elections to its advantage in the process of redrawing district lines in congressional and state legislative races.

Once election results from more than 6,000 legislative races in 46 states this year become official, the Republican Party may become even more dominant at the state level.

This year, "another legislative wave benefiting the GOP is certainly possible, perhaps even likely," The Washington Post reported.

A major factor dragging down Democratic candidates is President Barack Obama’s unpopularity. A Washington Post/ABC News poll published earlier this week found that just 43 percent approve of the president’s job performance.

Michael Sargeant, executive director of the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, said Democrats were operating in a “difficult political environment” in which Republicans benefit from hammering away at Obama.

History also appears to favor Republicans. The party in the White House has lost an average of 400 seats in 26 of 28 midterm elections since 1900, according to Tim Storey, an analyst with the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Republicans currently control both legislative chambers in 27 states  just three short of the party’s record of 30 after the 1920 election, Storey told Bloomberg News. Some of the major Republican targets this year include the New Hampshire House, the Iowa Senate and the Kentucky House.

Democratic Party officials say their priorities include taking control of the Wisconsin Senate from Republicans, retaining majorities in the Iowa and Colorado Senate chambers, and holding on to the House of Representatives in West Virginia, Kentucky, Minnesota, and New Mexico.

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