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Democrats Hope To Whittle Away At GOP Majority In Texas House

AUSTIN (October 10, 2012)--Races for 99 of the 150 seats in the Texas House of Representatives have only one candidate in the race or involve no real competition, but the fight is on for the remaining 51 seats and Democrats are 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.

State Rep. Harvey Hilderbran, R- Kerrville, the chairman of the Texas Republican Representatives Campaign Committee, said says he'll consider it a victory if Republicans lose only six seats.

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

Turnout will likely decide the result.


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