JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Numbers alone show that Republicans are likely to maintain control of the Mississippi Legislature in the coming term.
Democrats are running for only slightly more than half the seats in the House and Senate, while Republicans are running for a much larger number.
The Mississippi House has 122 seats. Republicans are running for 80, Democrats are running for 68, a Libertarian is running for one and independent candidates are running for 10.
The state Senate has 52 seats. Republicans are running for 38, Democrats are running for 28, a Libertarian is running for one and independent candidates are running for two.
Candidates' qualifying deadline was Friday. Party primaries are in August, the general election is in November and the four-year term begins in January.