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Fight For Majority In Nevada Legislature Coming Into Focus

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The battle for a majority in the Nevada Legislature is coming into focus after a deadline passed Friday for candidates to get their name on the ballot.

Democrats are eager to reverse devastating losses in 2014 and Republicans are trying maintain their controlling position by guiding moderate incumbents past droves of anti-tax challengers.

Assembly Democrats are in a 17-25 minority, but think they can win the five seats they need to control the lower house because of their registration advantages in nine Republican-held districts. Senate leaders see three or four races in play that could alter the 11-10 Republican majority.

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The outcome will depend on trends in the presidential race, as well as how voters perceive a tax package and education initiatives ushered in by a Republican-led Legislature last session.