GOP challenges limited in Mass. Legislature
BOSTON—Less than one-third of the Democratic incumbents in the Massachusetts Legislature will face Republican opponents on the ballot in November.
Those numbers suggest that Democrats will remain firmly in control of both branches in the next two-year session that begins in January on Beacon Hill.
The Boston Globe reports (http://bo.st/QIrbfN) that of the 155 Democrats in the House and Senate seeking re-election in November, only 42 will have Republican opposition.
The GOP did make strides in the 2010 election when its numbers more than doubled from 15 to 31 in the 160-member House. Two more Republicans have since won seats in special elections.
Fourteen of the freshman Republicans will face Democratic challengers in November.
Republicans currently hold only four seats in the 40-member state Senate.
Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.boston.com/globe