All not gloomy for Republicans in Arizona

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PHOENIX -- It appears as though bids by Democrats to make significant gains in the Arizona Legislature have failed.

Although several races still remain too close to call, Republicans appear set to gain two seats in the state House to bring the party split to 35 Republicans to 25 Democrats. The Democrats had hoped to add three or more seats to pull close or even take control of the lower chamber.

Democrats' efforts to pare away at the GOP majority in the state Senate also appear doomed, with returns showing them close to losing at least one seat in the upper chamber.

Republicans currently control both houses of the Legislature, with 17 of the 30 Senate seats and 33 of the 60 House seats.

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