Redistricting has little effect on Tenn. GOP

Redistricting has little effect on Tenn. GOP

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NASHVILLE (AP) - While Republican lawmakers in some states may have benefited from congressional redistricting, the changes had little effect in Tennessee.

Republicans were able to give themselves a built-in advantage in House elections by doing well in the statewide elections in many states, then gerrymandering congressional districts in key states after the 2010 census. The strategy may prove to be advantageous going into the 2014 midterm elections and beyond, regardless of the political climate in November.

In Tennessee, for the most part, the redistricting solidified the Republican stronghold. The GOP occupies seven of the nine congressional seats.

Vanderbilt University political science professor Bruce Oppenheimer says the redistricting essentially made the districts that were already safe, for one party or another, continue to be safe.

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