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Dems say 2016 best shot to win Michigan House, GOP rebuffs

Apr 16, 2016

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Political pressure for seats in the Michigan House is revving up as the candidate filing deadline approaches on Tuesday.

Credit steve carmody / Michigan Radio

While Republican strategists largely contest the opinion, some Democrats say 2016 could be the best shot they have had to seize back the House from GOP control since 2010, when Republicans scored a landslide 20-seat victory. That was the largest seat swap since 1964.

Ann Arbor Democratic Rep. Adam Zemke, a Democrat campaign leader, says, "Everything is lined up for us in 2016."

But Republican Rep. Aric Nesbitt, who leads the party's campaign fundraising arm, says Democrats have "a very slim chance to none."