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Democrats Brace For Huge GOP Gains In Texas House

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AUSTIN (AP) – Texas Democrats were bracing for a bloodbath in the Texas House, where Republicans could pick up 20 or more seats.

The Republican sweep threatened incumbents who weren’t even considered vulnerable before Tuesday night.

Even the leader of the House Democrats, Rep. Jim Dunnam of Waco, was trailing in a race that was too close to call as the hours wore on.

Democratic consultant Jeff Crosby said it was “shaping up to be an awful night.”

Returns were still coming in, and results could change, but more than 25 Democratic incumbents were trailing Tuesday night.

Heading into Tuesday, the 150-member chamber was split in favor of Republicans 75-73 with two vacancies.

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