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Political expert sees record number of open seats

January 13, 2012 |  1:47 pm

By election guru Allan Hoffenblum’s reckoning, there could be a record number of open seats up for grabs in this year’s elections, including 33 of the 80 state Assembly posts.

Hoffenblum, a former GOP strategist who publishes the nonpartisan California Target Book that tracks congressional and legislative races, also expects there will be seven open seats in the state Senate, where 20 positions will be on the ballot, and at least nine or 10 in the state’s 53-member House delegation.

Things are still shaking out—some lawmakers have yet to announce their plans and uncertainties linger over some parts of last year’s redistricting changes—but Hoffenblum already is expecting “one of the largest turnover of seats in California history.”

--Jean Merl



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