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Both parties optimistic they can control Maine legislature

In the state legislative races, democrats currently have control of the House and republicans control the Senate. (WGME)

PORTLAND (WGME) -- In the state legislative races, democrats currently have control of the House and republicans control the Senate.

There's a lot of attention being paid to the Maine governor's race, but the state legislative races are just as important, because they could decide who controls the Maine House and Senate.

"We're feeling really good about where we are," Maine Democratic Party Chair Phil Bartlett said.

Bartlett says he's optimistic his party will keep control of the House and take control of the Senate back from republicans.

Half of the 18 republicans that now control the Senate are either termed out or are running for other races.

By contrast, only two Senate Democrats are not running for re-election.

"Our candidates have been knocking on more doors than they ever have before,” Bartlett said. “They're having good conversations with voters. We're hearing a lot about the importance of healthcare this election cycle. And think the democrats are really well positioned to win."

But the Republican Party Chair says it is far from a foregone conclusion that democrats will take control of the Senate away from republicans.

"I've heard, again, it's a toss up,” Maine Republican Party Chair Demi Kouzounas said. “It's not necessarily cut and dry. We have a really good set of candidates. Some of them have gone from the House to the Senate. So that's made a difference. They've worked very, very hard. So we're not sure if there's going to be that much loss of ground."

And with the election now four days away, both parties are trying to get as many people to the polls as possible, knowing that every vote matters.

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