FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2014 file photo, Republican Mark Tweedie, center, is congratulated by campaign treasurer Tim Devanney victory in the Connecticut House 13th District race in Manchester, Conn. Rep. Tweedie has been making the case for change of the Democratically controlled General Assembly as he challenges Democratic Sen. Steve Cassano in the November 2018 general election, in a potentially pivotal race for control of the chamber. (David Butler II/Hartford Courant via AP, File)

Control of Congress also at stake in state legislative races

September 22, 2018 - 7:40 am

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — National Democrats have doubled their spending for state legislative elections in an attempt to chip away at the Republican dominance in state capitols.

Republicans also are spending more on state House and Senate races than they did during the election cycle two years ago.

The state legislative races are a focal point this year because the parties want to better position themselves for 2020, the final election before the next round of redistricting.

In many states, lawmakers play a role in drawing new districts for Congress and themselves after each census. Parties that control both legislative chambers and the governor's office can draw maps giving their candidates an advantage for the decade to come.

Republicans controlled more legislatures after the 2010 Census and generally have fared better under the current maps.