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State Senate races to watch in November:

- Former Salt Lake City mayoral candidate Dave Buhler, a Republican, seeks to retain the seat held by Republicans for years. He faces Democrat Bob Adams in District 7.- District 9 will have a new senator after GOP Sen. Delpha Baird was defeated by Steve Poulton. Poulton faces Democrat Scott Leckman.

- State AFL-CIO president Ed Mayne will try to hold on to the west-side seat of retiring Sen. Paul Fordham, a Democrat. Mayne is being challenged by Republican Craig Hall, and GOP leaders say the district is basically Republican and they should be able to win the seat back.

- Republicans also believe they can defeat Sen. Millie Peterson, D-West Valley, who is challenged by former West Valley City Manager John Newman, a Republican.

House races to watch in November:

- Republican leaders have targeted several Democratic House members for defeat this November, including freshman Rep. Pat Larson, D-Ogden. The GOP candidate is Robert DeBoer.

- Democrats, on the other hand, think they can get the seat held by freshman Rep. Gerry Adair, R-Roy. Adair defeated then-Rep. DeMont Wiberg, D-Roy, in 1992 by seven votes. Wiberg is running against Adair this year.

- Rep. Sara Eubank, D-Holladay, got bad press earlier this year when she was sued by a former employee. A judge dismissed the suit, but Republicans think Eubank is vulnerable because of the mess and are running Darlene Gubler against Eubank.

- Democrats think they have a shot at unseating freshman Rep. Robert Killpack, R-Murray, a conservative who has pushed several anti-abortion bills. They're running a woman against Killpack, Tanya Henrie.

- Finally, Democrats hope that growth in Park City will finally pay off for them. They believe freshman Rep. David Ure, R-Kamas, can be defeated by Park City's Bob Richer, a Democrat. While Summit County's demographics are changing, it remains to be seen if second-home owners and seasonal ski workers translate into voting Democrats.