GOP, Democrats both Hoping to Pick Up Seats in Fall Election

massachusetts state houseBOSTON (AP) — It looks like Republican Gov. Charlie Baker will again be dealing with a Legislature dominated by Democrats during the second half of his four-year term.

Baker wants to bulk up GOP numbers on Beacon Hill, but there simply aren’t enough Republicans on the fall ballot to break the Democrats’ lock on the Massachusetts House and Senate.

There are 40 seats in the Senate, but 24 of them have no Republican candidate on the ballot — virtually assuring the chamber remains in Democratic hands.

In the House, the outlook isn’t any more promising.

The House has 160 seats, but there are no Republican candidates in 110 of the contests, guaranteeing Democrats will retain control of that chamber, too.

Currently, the Senate has six Republicans and the House has 34.

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