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But many Democratic candidates will be facing a stacked deck as Virginia is one of several states where favorably drawn districts have given Republicans a measurable advantage in past elections, an Associated Press analysis shows.

GOP leaders, including then-party chair Ryan Call, argued the new map packed Republican legislators into individual districts, diminishing their clout, especially in the metropolitan Denver area.

Those behind the amendment successfully sued to have U.S. House and state Senate maps redrawn because they didn't meet constitutional muster, but state House maps went unchallenged.

"Democrats are absolutely benefiting from the current maps, and there's no question they won't continue if the process doesn't change", Call said. While it also showed Florida Republicans' advantage in Congress was slightly more than should've been expected, it wasn't to the point that clearly indicated gerrymandering. "Hats off to the Democratic litigators".

The AP analyzed the results of all 435 U.S. House races and about 4,700 state House and Assembly seats up for election a year ago and found a decided advantage for Republicans in numerous states, including New Hampshire. The study is based on a formula that compares the statewide average share of each party's vote in the districts with the statewide percentage of seats it wins.

The AP scrutinized the outcomes of all 435 U.S. House races and about 4,700 state House and Assembly seats up for election a year ago using a new statistical method of calculating partisan advantage.

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That figure is up significantly since the last round of redistricting after the 2010 census.

Republican House candidates received 763,824 votes in 2016, compared to 694,720 votes for Democratic candidates.

The strategy is for the majority party to create as many safe seats for its own candidates as possible.

The AP excluded state senate chambers from its state data because not all seats were up for election previous year.

The national Republican State Leadership Committee, the force behind the party's surge in state legislative elections, attributes its victories to candidates who better represent their communities.

The number of Missouri House races lacking major-party opposition has been on the rise. One example he cited is the scenic Roaring Fork Valley that stretches roughly 40 miles (65 kilometers) from Aspen to Glenwood Springs. Barely one-fourth of the new districts were labeled as competitive between Republicans and Democrats.

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"A favorite thing to do is to cry foul and say "gerrymander" very loud", Jones said. The U.S. Supreme Court said it will hear that case, potentially affecting voting across the U.S.

Democrats held a partisan advantage in races in Maryland, Colorado, and Nevada, the analysis found, where legislative districts were re-drawn by a Democratic-majority legislature, a Democrat-led commission and by a court, respectively.

He'd like to see nonpartisan legislative staff draft initial maps and a supermajority consensus required by redistricting and reapportionment panels.

Republicans controlled both MI legislative chambers and the governor's office when the maps were redrawn in 2011. "Do we want the members of the legislature drawing the maps to pick their constituents, or do we want the voters to pick their representatives?"

A previous efficiency gap analysis conducted by Simon Jackman, a former professor of political science and statistics at Stanford University, found that the Republican advantage was even higher in the 2012 and 2014 Missouri House elections.

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