22 to 21

November 9th, 2012

State House Democrats continue to be locked in a power struggle over which faction will control the House.

House Speaker Calvin Say and Rep. Joseph Souki, the former speaker backed by House dissidents, have divided the chamber’s 44 Democrats.

There was some movement on Friday afternoon when Rep. John Mizuno, who had previously been in Say’s camp but told colleagues he was on the bubble, signed on again with Say.

Say now has 22 votes, sources say, while Souki and the dissidents have 21. One newly elected lawmaker thought to be leaning toward the dissidents remains undecided.

Twenty-six votes are needed to control the 51-member House, but Democrats would prefer to organize without the help of the seven Republicans.

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