By Brooks Baehr - bio | email
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Republicans hope to gain ground on democrats in the state legislature during Tuesday's General Election.
Currently 45 of the 51 seats in the state House of Representatives belong to democrats. Only six seats are held by republicans.
There are 23 democrats and only two republicans in the state Senate.
The GOP would like to double its numbers in both bodies.
"I don't know if they can do that. I think they might get two or three in the house. In the Senate they say they want to double. All they've got to do is get two. I can see only one possibility that they can get," Hawaii News Now political analyst Dan Boylan said while considering possible gains by the GOP.
According to Boylan the races in which republicans have the best chances to pick up seats in the House include the race between republican Gil Riviere and democrat Larry Sagaysay on the North Shore of Oahu, the contest between republican Chris Baron and democrat Mark Hashem in East Oahu, and the duel between republican Richard Fale and democratic incumbent Jessica Wooley on Windward Oahu.
Boylan believes Senate republican Tracy Bean has a shot at defeating democratic incumbent Jill Tokuda in Kaneohe and republican Virginia Enos could beat democrat Pohai Ryan in a senate district that stretches from Kailua to Hawaii Kai.