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.