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Top 10 State Election Battlegrounds

Courtesy of the National Conference of State Legislatures

This year 83% of the nation’s 7,382 state legislative seats are in play, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

“Currently, legislatures are controlled almost evenly between the two parties. Twenty legislatures are controlled by Republicans, 19 by Democrats and 10 are split,” reports the National Conference of State Legislatures. “In terms of individual legislators, Democrats maintain the slightest 21-seat majority over Republicans.”

This week the National Conference of State Legislatures provided an alphabetical listing of the Top 10 state legislative election battlegrounds with the following descriptions of contests. ranked them based on its independent analysis.

10. Maine House and Senate. In the House, Democrats own a three-seat majority while they control the Senate by only one.

9. Montana House. The House is tied heading into the election and both parties are fielding candidates in 82 of the 100 House races.

8. Tennessee Senate. Republicans won control of the Senate in 2004 for the first time in over 100 years and must now defend the narrow three seat majority.

7. Oregon House. Democrats need only four seats to seize control for the first time in 15 years.

6. Indiana House. The Indiana House has switched control six of the past nine elections. Republicans have a four-seat majority.

5. Oklahoma Senate. Seven termed-out Democrats give the GOP hope that picking up three seats for control is within reach.

4. North Carolina House. Republicans need only four switches to regain control of a chamber where ethics controversies have dominated headlines.

3. Minnesota House. Democrats made huge gains in here in 2004. They only need to switch two seats.

2. Colorado House and Senate. In the House, Democrats have a five-seat majority and in the Senate, they lead by one seat.

1. Iowa House and Senate. The Iowa Senate is tied and Republicans have a two-seat advantage in the House.

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