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Democrats Say They Want to Take Back the House

In 2002, Republicans took control of the Missouri House of Representatives. Since then, Democrats have been plotting to take back the House. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports from the Democratic National Convention in Boston.

THE TOP REPUBLICAN IN THE HOUSE, RICK JOHNSON SAYS THE CONVENTION IS GETTING EVERYONE EXCITED ABOUT GOING BACK TO MISSOURI AND WORKING TO GET DEMOCRATS ELECTED.

FORMOST IN HIS MIND IS GETTING DEMOCRATS ELECTED TO THE MISSOURI HOUSE.

DEMOCRATS NEED TO WIN ** SEATS TO TAKE CONTROL OF THE HOUSE.

JOHNSON SAYS IT'S A PRIORITY FOR THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY.

JOHNSON SAYS IN TWO RECENT SPECIAL ELECTIONS, DEMOCRATS TRIED SOME NEW CAMPAIGN STRATEGIES THAT SEEMED TO WORK.

DEMOCRATS WON BOTH SEATS THAT WERE OPEN IN THESE ELECTIONS.

HE EXPLAINS WHAT THE DEMOCRATS DID TO SECURE VOTES.

JOHNSON SAYS WORKING TO GET VOTERS TO THE POLLS WILL HELP DEMOCRATS WIN BACK THE HOUSE AND WIN MISSOURI FOR PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE JOHN KERRY.

JOHNSON SAYS HE'S LESS OPTIMISTIC ABOUT DEMOCRATS' ABILITY TO WIN A MAJORITY IN THE STATE SENATE.

BUT HE SAYS HE EXPECTS THE PARTY TO MAKE SOME GAINS IN THE UPPER CHAMBER.