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National Democrats have doubled their spending for state legislative elections in an attempt to chip away at the Republican dominance in state capitols. 

Judges in North Carolina on Tuesday said that despite declaring the state's electoral map to be unconstitutionally gerrymandered for partisan reasons, there wasn't enough time for the map to be redrawn before midterm elections in November.

"We further find that imposing a new schedule for North Carolina's congressional elections would, at this late juncture, unduly interfere with the State's electoral machinery and likely confuse voters and depress turnout," Judges James Wynn Jr., William Osteen Jr. and W. Earl Britt wrote in their order Tuesday.

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Republican Troy Balderson declared victory over Democrat Danny O'Connor Tuesday night in Ohio's 12th Congressional district special election.

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Updated 5:05 am

Republican Troy Balderson eked out a narrow victory over Democrat Danny O’Connor in the 12th Congressional District special election Tuesday, in a race to complete the remaining three months of former Representative Pat Tiberi’s term.

The U.S. Supreme Court punted Monday on its biggest decision of its term so far. The justices had been expected to rule on the limits of partisan gerrymandering.

Instead, the court sidestepped the major issues on technical grounds, sending the issue back to the lower courts for further examination.

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Clergy and advocates for the poor converged at the Statehouse Monday for what was called a "die in." 

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Ohio voters this month approved an overhaul of the congressional redistricting process. 

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 Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King Junior advocated for Americans living in poverty in what was called the "Poor People's Campaign." 

Even as Democrats and Republicans spend 2018 vying to win key races around the country, a larger legal battle underway this year could reshape the American political map — literally.

By June, the U.S. Supreme Court is likely to decide three major redistricting cases — out of Wisconsin, Maryland and Texas — that will lay some of the foundation for what the maps will look like, not just this year, but after the 2020 census that could affect control of Congress for the next decade.

The state of those legal cases and other key ones (that could affect 2018 and 2020) are below.

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An Ohio Senate committee is considering a congressional redistricting plan devised by legislative leaders. 

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State lawmakers have released their congressional redistricting plan.

How do you make people understand the odd forms created by gerrymandering? Make them feel it in their toes.

That's the idea behind the Gerrymander 5K happening Saturday in Asheville, N.C., which will trace the boundary between North Carolina's 10th and 11th Congressional districts.

That line splits the left-leaning city into two districts that, when combined with more conservative rural voters, both end up represented by Republicans.

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Ohio Governor John Kasich is joining friend and ex-California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's effort to overhaul partisan redistricing that's helped fuel their own Republican party's rise to power.

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An Associated Press analysis shows a redistricting process controlled by Ohio Republicans resulted in the party winning nearly two more U.S. House seats and five more Ohio House seats in the last election than would have been expected in neutral circumstances.

State lawmakers are changing a House proposal that would overhaul the way Ohio draws legislative districts to require additional minority-party support for approval of the political boundaries.  

Changing Politics Involves Changing Political Process

Oct 9, 2013

Ohio voters who say they are fed up with the current political system often find it’s difficult to change. Many people who study politics say it’s not as simple as voting incumbents out of office.