October 18, 2010

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Anti-Incumbent Mood Could Help Republicans In State Legislative Races: They Hope To Take BacHartford Courant)

With a national anti-incumbent headwind at their back and history on their side, Republicans are hoping for a political spillover into Connecticut this year to regain the legislative seats they lost in the strong Democratic years of 2006 and 2008.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley predicts that the Republicans could win back as many as 15 to 20 seats in the House and three to four in the state Senate.

If Republicans achieve those gains, the current veto-proof margins in both chambers would be broken. If that happens, passing difficult legislation — such as abolishing the death penalty — would become more difficult.

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Even if the Republicans have a banner year, Democrats are still expected to control both chambers of the legislature because they currently hold wide leads of 114-37 in the House and 24-12 in the Senate.

"This is our best chance we've had in a long time,'' said Republican State Chairman Christopher Healy. "We've got to get back the seats we lost either through bad years or lazy candidates.''

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Posted by Orrin Judd at October 18, 2010 7:54 PM
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