Democrats & Republicans vie for control of Michigan Legislature

Oct 12, 2014

  LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Democrats who need a five-seat swing to upend Republican control of the Michigan House face a number obstacles in the November 4th election.

Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

  They include gerrymandered districts, a financial disadvantage and historical trends favoring the GOP in a non-presidential election year.

  But Representative Brandon Dillon, who's leading House Democrats' campaign to retake power for the first time since 2010, says there are enough chances to pick up seats.

  Republicans, however, like their chances to fatten a current 59-50 edge in the House.

  The fight for House control will determine the ease or difficulty with which Republican Governor Rick Snyder or Democratic challenger Mark Schauer can enact his agenda in the next Legislature.

  In the Senate, the best Democrats can hope for is to chip away at Republicans' 26-12 margin.