SEATTLE (AP) — Democrats want to win enough seats in the state Senate next month to shed the influence of conservatives in their ranks, which has made their control of the upper chamber shaky at best. The Republicans see an opportunity to seize the Senate for the first time in a decade.
November's election will determine the next make-up of the Washington state Legislature, but the main focus will be on the Senate, where Democrats hold a numerical lead of 27 to 22 seats.
However during the last two years, Senate Democrats have seen conservative and moderate colleagues side with Republicans on several key issues.
About half of the Senate is up for re-election this year and all of the contested races are on the west side of the Cascade Mountains.