Fair
60°FFairFull Forecast

Pension, gay marriage votes stir primary contests

Published: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 12:30 p.m. CDT

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Several state lawmakers face challenges in the March 18 primary election because of high-profile votes for cutting state worker retirement benefits or legalizing gay marriage.

In each case, unions or other interest groups are working against their re-election bids.

The targeted challenges are among the toughest primary races in a year in which all 118 House seats and a third of the 59 Senate seats are on the ballot. Overall, there are 27 House primary contests, and just two in the Senate.

Democrats have a good chance of holding their veto-proof supermajorities in each chamber this year. But experts say intra-party challenges and interest group influence could alter the makeup of each caucus.

Democrats have 71 seats to Republicans' 47 in the House, and a 40-19 margin in the Senate.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

National video



Reader Poll

In the wake of heightened scrutiny of police departments in Baltimore, New York, and Ferguson over treatment of minorities, how do you rate the performance of your local police department?
Excellent
Good
Fair
Poor