State House Speaker Joseph Souki has picked up the support of five more House Democrats, sources say, bringing his leadership group to 34 Democrats.
The shift, which was described by sources close to House leadership and confirmed by two of the five lawmakers involved, gives the Maui Democrat added security in the event some of his loyalists lose re-election on Tuesday.
Twenty-six votes are needed to control the House, and the seven House Republicans had aligned with Souki and dissident Democrats to remove former Speaker Calvin Say from power last year. Minority Republicans received three committee vice chairmanships, including the vice chairmanship of the House Finance Committee, as part of the deal.
Sources predict that Republicans will likely not receive the committee posts when the House reorganizes after the election.
Rep. Marcus Oshiro leads Say's old faction.