Republicans may lose Texas House supermajority

By: JIM VERTUNO, Associated Press
By: JIM VERTUNO, Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Republicans are certain to maintain their majority in the Texas Legislature. The only question is by how much.

Republicans admit they will likely lose their 102-48 supermajority in the Texas House. Democrats hope to add 14 new seats, while Republicans want to limit them to six.

Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis in Fort Worth is in an intense fight to hold on to her seat against state Rep. Mark Shelton. If Shelton wins, that will give Republicans 20 seats to 11 Democratic seats in the state Senate.

Republicans held two-thirds of the seats in the Texas House last year, allowing them to pass almost any law they wanted. Democrats have a little more power to slow down the Republican agenda if they keep Republicans from holding a supermajority.

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