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Could Reapportionment Help Losing Democrats?

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Rep. Dina Titus lost her job representing Las Vegas in 2010.

Boyd, who already served seven terms, lives in Monticello and represented part of the Florida Panhandle. Klein lives in Boca Raton, Kosmas in New Smyrna Beach, Grayson in Orlando and Meek in Miami. Grayson has made clear he might be interested in another bid, keeping his political fundraising list active in the two months since losing re-election.

• Arizona will pick up one new seat, possibly providing another chance for defeated Democratic Reps. Ann Kirkpatrick, who lives in Flagstaff, and Harry Mitchell, who lives in Tempe.

• Rep. Dina Titus, a Democrat elected in 2008, lost her job representing Las Vegas in 2010, but Nevada’s gain of a fourth seat may give her hope for representing a new district in 2012.

The losing Democrats also could choose to run for Senate. In Arizona, Sen. Jon Kyl (R) is up for re-election in 2012. In Nevada, Republican Sen. John Ensign will be a top target for Democrats.

• Defeated Democratic Rep. Jim Marshall may again keep an eye on the redistricting process in Georgia as the state adds a 14th district. Like Texas, Georgia went through mid-decade redistricting after a court challenge to its map. Following that process, Marshall, who lives in Macon, represented part of central Georgia.

• South Carolina’s one-seat gain might tempt three Members who are leaving Congress. Rep. John Spratt, the former Budget chairman, lost his battle for re-election. Spratt is unlikely to try to return given he served 14 terms. But possible return bids on the GOP side include Rep. Gresham Barrett, who lost his gubernatorial bid, and Rep. Bob Inglis, who lost in a Republican primary this summer.

Inglis, who became a vocal critic of the tea party movement after his defeat, could be the most likely return candidate. He was first elected in 1992 and opted to run for Senate in 1998 to fulfill a pledge not to serve longer than three terms. Inglis returned in 2004 and was re-elected in 2006 and 2008. He lives in Travelers Rest.

Washington state and Utah also gained one seat each through reapportionment, but neither state lost incumbents on Election Day.

Here are all the Democrats who lost seats on Election Day and whose home states have gained a seat or two.

Member, age, number of terms served

Allen Boyd (Fla.), 65, 7 terms
Chet Edwards (Texas), 58, 10 terms
Alan Grayson (Fla.), 52, 1 term
Ann Kirkpatrick (Ariz.), 60, 1 term
Ron Klein (Fla.), 53, 2 terms
Suzanne Kosmas (Fla.), 66, 1 term
Jim Marshall (Ga.), 62, 4 terms
Harry Mitchell (Ariz.), 70, 2 terms
Solomon Ortiz (Texas), 72, 14 terms
Ciro Rodriguez (Texas), 63, 2 terms
John Spratt (S.C.), 68, 14 terms
Dina Titus (Nev.), 60, 1 term

Here are the Republicans from South Carolina, which gained one seat, who might run again.

Bob Inglis, 50, 3 terms
Gresham Barrett, 49, 4 terms

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