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GOP Gains Seats In Washington State House, Senate

SEATTLE (AP) - New batches of mail-in ballots show Republicans are gaining seats in the Washington state House and Senate but it's not known yet which party will control the Legislature.

Since the initial vote counts from Tuesday's election, Republicans have been optimistic they can seize the Senate. After more ballots were tallied Wednesday, Democrats seem to be headed for defeat in three districts. Another four races remain close.

The GOP needs a net gain of 7 seats to take control of the Senate.

More than a dozen House races remain in the balance. Republicans appear to have gained six seats after the latest vote counts. The GOP needs a net gain of 13 seats for a House majority.

On Wednesday, Spokane Democrat Chris Marr conceded to Republican challenger Michael Baumgartner. Marr has been vice chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee.

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