Dems Seek Big Gains in State Legislature

Left targets six Republican seats

Democrats are seeking big gains in the California Legislature.
Democrats are targeting six Assembly seats now held by Republicans -- enough to give them the two-thirds majority needed to approve state budgets, tax increases and constitutional amendments and to override gubernatorial vetoes.

Republicans are trying to hold on to those seats and pick up a hotly contested San Joaquin Valley district.

In the state Senate, the fight centers on two districts, one held by a termed-out Democrat and the other by a termed-out Republican. Democratic victories in both those races would put them within one vote of the two-thirds majority.

Democrats now hold 48 of the Assembly's 80 seats and 25 of the Senate's 40 seats.

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