Parties Vie For Control Of Colorado Legislature

October 21, 2014 4:52 PM

Parties Vie For Control Of Colorado Legislature
" DENVER (AP) – Colorado Democrats have a comfortable cushion in the state House that will help them keep their control there in November. But the party’s slim majority in the Senate hangs by a thread.

There are eight competitive Senate races, and Democrats need to win six to keep their one-seat majority. Races in Denver’s suburbs will determine which party controls the chamber.

Democrats have controlled the Senate since 2005. But Republicans feel they’re within striking distance of a majority, partly because two districts have open seats being vacated by term-limited Democrats – Sen. Lois Tochtrop in Thornton and Sen. Gail Schwartz in Snowmass Village.

Four Democrats are trying to keep their seats in suburban Jefferson County, a swing county that has seen intense campaigning. Those senators are Andy Kerr, Cheri Jahn, Rachel Zenzinger and Jeanne Nicholson.

“In many ways, Democrats are on defense a lot more than we are,” said Ryan Call, the state Republican Party chair.

In their pitch to voters, Republicans are criticizing legislation adopted by Democrats in the past two years as they controlled both houses "

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