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Candidate Qualifying Lineup Leaves GOP Positions for Total Legislative Control

Passage of the qualifying deadline for legislative candidates last week leaves Republicans well-positioned to achieving their goal of making Democrats politically irrelevant in the 108th General Assembly that convenes next year.
In part, that’s because 11 incumbent Democrats — seven representatives and four senators — are voluntarily not seeking re-election.
At least four more incumbent Democrats — three representatives and one senator — are certain to be ousted later because of Republican-controlled redistricting leaves incumbents running against one another in the same district.
In part, the GOP advantage also rests with money. Financial disclosures filed earlier this year showed Republicans holding an advantage of more than $3 to $1 in cash on hand for spending on legislative races — about $3.2 million for Republicans versus $770,000 for Democrats.
The uphill road faced by Democrats in just maintaining their status quo as a sometimes influential minority becomes apparent through an analysis of the candidate lineup for this year’s campaigns after the qualifying deadline passed on Thursday.
Basically, it shows Republicans already are certain to have a majority again next year in both chambers and have a head start toward further eroding Democrats’ waning strength. Republicans need to gain just two seats in the House and two seats in the Senate to have a two-thirds majority in both chambers, a standard that means that all Democrats could boycott a session and the GOP would still have a quorum to continue legislating.
A two-thirds majority would also mean unified Republicans can suspend normal procedural rules to take up any legislation and push it through almost instantly.

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