Nov 5, 2014 5:43 PM by News
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Republicans are moving closer to preventing Democratic supermajorities in both chambers of the state Legislature as a few races remain too close to call.
The GOP on Wednesday successfully blocked Democrats from regaining two-thirds control of the state Senate and picked up 26 of the 27 seats needed to prevent that threshold in the Assembly.
Republican candidates were holding slim leads in two other races.
GOP candidate Catharine Baker was leading Democrat Tim Sbranti in the San Francisco East Bay's 16th Assembly District. And Democratic incumbent Al Muratsuchi trailed Republican challenger David Hadley in the 66th Assembly District along coastal Los Angeles County.
California Republican Party Chairman Jim Brulte says the shift tells Democrats they can no longer ignore conservative voices in the Legislature.
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