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Republicans maintain political control of 101-member Oklahoma House and 48-member Senate

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Republicans will have control of the Oklahoma Legislature once again.

GOP candidates defeated enough Democrats on Tuesday to clinch at least 51 seats in the 101-member House. Republicans had a 72-29 advantage in the chamber before the election.

Republicans will also maintain control of the state Senate. Republicans had a 36-12 majority in the 48-member Senate before Tuesday's election. Only 12 Senate seats were up for grabs and Democrats could not have won control of the chamber. They will have at least 25 of the posts next year.

Democrats targeted Republican-controlled House seats they considered vulnerable and were hoping to win back a chamber it lost in 2004 after 80 years of majority status. Republicans gained control of the Senate in 2008.

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