Open seats shake up races for Oregon House

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- With elections now less than a year away, Republicans and Democrats are angling to break a partisan tie in the state House.

A net gain of just one seat will be enough to give one party a majority, and both of them see a path toward that goal. Neither has an obvious advantage.

For Republicans, the road goes through three open seats in competitive districts now held by Democrats, or through a handful of seats that Democrats won by close margins in 2010. For Democrats, the path to a majority is through one of the many GOP-held seats in districts that favor Democrats.

New boundaries drawn this year to reflect changes in population have shifted the dynamics in some districts but didn't dramatically redesign the playing field.