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Redistricting Supercharges Republicans’ Bid to Control U.S. Congress

  • State congressional maps so far reducing competitive districts
  • Gerrymandering becoming more aggressive than after 2010 Census
A "Vote Here" sign outside a polling location in Alexandria, Virginia on Nov. 2, 2021. 

A "Vote Here" sign outside a polling location in Alexandria, Virginia on Nov. 2, 2021. 

Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg

Republican efforts to regain control of the U.S. House in next year’s elections are getting a boost as GOP-controlled state legislatures redraw congressional districts to favor the party’s candidates.

Thirteen states have already finalized new maps in the process called redistricting. The redrawn boundaries have reduced the number of competitive House seats by a total of 12, giving Republicans the upper hand over Democrats, said Michael Li, a redistricting expert with the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University.