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Said Mr. Trice: “I think this is, long range, going to hurt the Republicans, and frankly I would be surprised that they keep the [state legislative] majority. They barely had it this time.”

As for state residents, be warned. More political battles are likely in the next election cycles.

“Frankly, I would hate to have a TV in 2016,” he said, “because it’s going to be a nightmare for people in the state.”