01/19/2011 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

How Republican Redistricting Could Hurt GOP

As a result of its gains at the state level, Republicans now control the governorship and state legislatures in 15 states -- giving them near complete control of redrawing district lines before the next election. And the population growth in (primarily) GOP-friendly states means that many GOP strongholds, like South Carolina and Texas, will be gaining seats in the reapportionment.

But because of the significant Republican gains in the House, the GOP is facing the daunting challenge of redrawing lines to protect its sizable House majority in states while also trying to protect incumbents who would like to run in safer districts.

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