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Last stand for Assembly Republicans?

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Republicans in the state Assembly played defense in Tuesday's election, trying to hold off a Democratic bid to seize control of the chamber.

  Republicans have held the majority in the Assembly for 15 years.

  But Democrats hope to capitalize on presidential hopeful Barack Obama's popularity and the economic meltdown and reclaim the chamber.

  Democratic control of the Assembly could reshape Wisconsin politics.

  Democrats currently control the state Senate, and Democratic Governor Jim Doyle isn't up for re-election until 2010.

  If the party can keep the Senate and retake the Assembly, it could dominate state politics.

  Sixteen of the Senate's 33 seats are up for re-election today, with seven incumbents unopposed.

  All 99 Assembly seats are up, with 26 incumbents unopposed and nine seats vacant.

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