DETROIT (AP) -- Republicans head into Election Day with a two-seat majority in Michigan's congressional delegation and high hopes of maintaining the edge. But three surprisingly close races have Democrats eyeing an opportunity to erase the advantage.
The GOP has had reason for optimism. The party registered big wins during the 2010 midterm elections, then had majorities in the Legislature to redraw the state's congressional districts. Republicans also saw the prospect of native son Mitt Romney's presidential candidacy aiding down-ballot races.
Then a Republican incumbent in a safe congressional seat unexpectedly resigned amid a signature-gathering scandal. Democrats also put forward capable candidates in close races and Romney focused his attention on other states.
Now Democrats are focusing on the 1st, 3rd and 11th districts in their effort to wrest control of the delegation.