Holding the Michigan House

Democrats narrowly won the Michigan House two years ago, winning a 58-52 majority. The chamber is one of the most vulnerable to partisan change this ...
by | February 19, 2008

Mi_capitol Democrats narrowly won the Michigan House two years ago, winning a 58-52 majority. The chamber is one of the most vulnerable to partisan change this year, although you wouldn't know that from an Oakland Press story that ran on Sunday.

The story notes that 45 of the 110 seats are open this year due to term limits -- a number that is actually lower than in previous cycles.

Because there are 28 term-limited Republicans and 16 term-limited Democrats, and because the Democrats control the House, the odds of retaining control are with the Democrats.

But term limits don't tell the whole story. The trick for Democrats will be for their freshmen to hold onto the formerly Republican seats they won two years ago.

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