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Legislative landscape to be decided by Washington voters

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Associated Press

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Dozens of legislative races across Washington state will determine whether or not Democrats maintain - or possibly even increase - their control of the Statehouse.

All 98 seats in the House are up for election Nov. 6, and voters will decide 25 of the Senate's 49 seats.

Seventeen of the races on the ballot are for open seats with no incumbent: 14 in the House and three in the Senate.

While Democrats hold most statewide offices in Washington, the political split in the Legislature is much narrower: Democrats currently hold a one-seat advantage in the Senate and a two-seat advantage in the House. August's primary showed a several Republican incumbents and Republican candidates in the open seats trailing their Democratic opponents, even in some districts that were previously considered safe GOP districts.

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