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Democrats aiming to reverse GOP gains in state

Rematches are prominent in state House, Senate races

Two years after the Tea Party surge helped double Republicans’ numbers in the state House of Representatives, Democrats are trying to beat back legislative gains by conservatives while outnumbered Republicans are trying to capitalize on pockets of conservatism in a deep blue state.

Some of the hottest races to watch this season are rematches between candidates who faced tense showdowns in 2010. In the state Senate, President Therese Murray, a Plymouth Democrat, faces a second duel with Thomas F. Keyes, a Sandwich Republican who nearly displaced her by claiming 48 percent of the vote in 2010.

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