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Wisconsin Democrats look to make gains in Legislature

MADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin Democrats will try to chip away at Republicans' legislative majorities in November, but don't look for them to make much headway.

Republicans go into Election Day with a 63-36 advantage in the Assembly. All 99 seats are up for re-election. But 17 Republican incumbents are unopposed and a redistricting plan GOP lawmakers adopted in 2011 has reduced the number of competitive seats to a handful, all but ensuring they'll hold the chamber.

Things are a little tighter in the Senate, where Republicans hold a 17-14 edge. Eight seats are in play, including five held by Republicans and three by Democrats. The Democrats must win six of those eight seats to flip control.


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