Political Control

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Democrats have achieved a stunning upset in the Legislature, regaining control of both the House and the Senate.

Party officials and analysts say anger over the state's budget crisis and an influx of campaign spending led to an abrupt swing that erased a one-vote G-O-P edge in the Senate and a nine-vote advantage in the House.

Democratic groups boosted by (m) millionaire donors spent heavily to try to change the balance of power in the Senate. Republicans' majority in the House, though, had been considered safe.

It marks the first time since 1960 that both bodies will be in the hands of Democrats.

Lawmakers failed this year to resolve conflicting constitutional amendments that limit overall spending but require increases in funding for public schools.