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Republicans could pick up several seats in House

Republicans could pick up several seats in House

A political scientist says the GOP could pick up as many as eight House seats this year. The incoming House speaker is cautiously optimistic while the chairman of the Oklahoma Democratic Party said the party could pull some surprises.

Published: June 13, 2010

Republicans, who make up about 62 percent of the membership in the House of Representatives, should pick up two to eight seats this year, a political scientist predicts.

Republicans got off to an early start of building up their majority after last week's three-day filing period for legislative seats. Of 47 uncontested House seats, 33, or 70 percent, are Republican.

"You're ceding the Republicans over half of their majority without even a contest,” said Keith Gaddie, a University of Oklahoma political scientist. "You couldn't even find a warm body to put out there just to force them to go out and campaign and spend money.”

Thirty-two of the 33 unopposed Republican House candidates are incumbents; all 14 of the unopposed Democrats are incumbents... FULL ARTICLE


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