Democrats try to whittle away Republican majority

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Associated Press

Posted on October 10, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 10 at 11:06 AM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Races for ninety-nine of the 150 seats in the Texas House of Representatives have only one candidate in the race, or face no real competition. But the fight is on for the remaining 51 places, with Democrats intent on whittling away at the Republican supermajority.

With 101 Republicans in the House last year, Democrats could only use parliamentary procedure to slow their conservative agenda. But with new House districts drawn to reflect the 2010 Census, Republicans will lose their supermajority.

Kerrville Rep. Harvey Hilderbran is the chairman of the Texas Republican Representatives Campaign Committee. He says he'll consider it a victory if Republicans lose only six seats.

Democratic Rep. Trey Martinez Fisher says his party hopes to win 12 seats, giving Democrats 60 votes.

Turnout will likely decide the result.

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