Rep. Lloyd Doggett (left) was one of the biggest winners under the court-drawn map released today.
The decennial redistricting process, controlled by GOP-held legislatures in a number of key states, was expected to be a boon for national Republicans this cycle. While a number of marginal seats — especially in the South — have been shored up to protect GOP incumbents for years to come, Democrats have won key victories in a number of court cases.
The net number of seats gained or lost throughout redistricting was thought to be a wash over the last few months, giving neither party a particular edge in the 2012 race for control of the House. But with the Texas map appearing to give Democrats an edge and new maps in a number of big states still outstanding — including New York, Florida and Pennsylvania — the final outcome could end up giving one party a slight edge in picking up seats.
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