As redistricting gets under way, Democrats' prospects looking brighter


Many Republican states already use gerrymandered maps from the last round of redistricting in 2010, after the party seized control of nearly two dozen state legislative chambers. "In many parts of the country, the Republicans are already near their ceiling in terms of how many seats they can squeeze out of them," said Paul Smith, who helps oversee litigation and strategy at the nonprofit Campaign Legal Center, which advocates for fair elections. The final outcome is uncertain. More than 40 states have not yet enacted maps, and litigation challenging district lines is inevitable.

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