(SEAN WHALEY) – With the presidential caucuses now a distant memory, Nevadans can get back to what really matters: Local politics and the races that will determine whether Republicans or Democrats control the Legislature in 2017.
Republicans hold a razor-thin one-vote majority in the 21-member Senate. With as many as four of 11 races potentially in play, a single shift on Election Day in November could put the Democrats back in the driver’s seat.
Republicans need to hold on to two open GOP seats to maintain their majority.
Republicans also hold a 25-17 edge in the Assembly, part of an unprecedented Republican sweep in the 2014 general election that gave the GOP a clear majority for the first time in 30 years. It also gave Republicans control of both houses of the Legislature and the governor’s office for the first time since 1929.
But nine of the GOP-held Assembly seats have Democratic voter registration edges and three are almost certain to be lost on Nov. 8.