GOP uses redistricting to shore up House majority
WASHINGTON (AP) — The odds of getting re-elected have gotten a lot better for Rep. Renee Ellmers and other Republican freshmen in the House — thanks to GOP calculations in redrawing political maps.
The nurse who ousted seven-term Democrat Bob Etheridge by fewer than 1,500 votes last November will be running next year in a newly drawn North Carolina district that's less swing and more Republican.
While the GOP still has eyes on winning a few more House seats, its focus in the once-a-decade, census-based redrawing of congressional districts has been on securing the 63 seats it captured from Democrats in what was a wave election for Republicans in 2010.
Democrats are looking to new congressional maps in Illinois and California to take seats away from Republicans in 2012.