With the media's political Doppler radar fixed squarely on this November's presidential showdown, a less-obvious political battle is taking place that, in several ways, will have a more direct impact on the lives of Americans.
The outcome also could more accurately reflect where voters stand on a spate of domestic issues, from gay marriage to abortion and taxes.
The battle for party control over state legislatures, say experts, is more intense than at any point in recent political memory.
Of the more than 7,000 legislative seats in the US, the GOP holds a slim 60-seat advantage. And of the 50 states, 25 have legislative chambers that could switch party …