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The analysis suggests there was a slight Republican advantage in the 2016 election produced by the redistricting in 2011 of the state's seven seats.

An Associated Press analysis shows that congressional districts drawn by Texas' Republican-controlled Legislature helped the party gain almost four extra U.S. House seats during last fall's election - the most in the nation. Created to detect cases in which one party may have secured power through political gerrymandering, it found that the GOP may have won as many as 22 additional congressional seats more than expected. The gap represents the percent of seats won by Republicans beyond what would be expected based on their statewide average share of votes.

Republicans controlled both MI legislative chambers and the governor's office when the maps were redrawn in 2011.

Democratic House Minority Leader David Toscano said the reason why more Democrats are running this year is obvious.

Some Democratic candidates in GOP leaning districts may face long odds, but even running a credible campaign can help the party overall by forcing Republicans to spread out their spending.

Rather, the number of statehouse seats occupied by Republicans and Democrats closely tracks with the ratio of voters choosing Republican and Democratic statehouse candidates statewide in the 2016 election, taking into account candidates who ran unopposed previous year.

In Idaho, districts for Congress and the state Legislature are drawn every 10 years by a six-member commission answerable only to the courts. Idaho has a 13 percent efficiency gap heavily favoring Republican congressional candidates. Democrats only hold 41 of 120 state House seats, 15 of 40 Senate seats and are outnumbered in in the U.S. House 16-11.

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The efficiency gap is the subject of a lawsuit before the U.S. Supreme Court.

That analysis looked only at U.S. House races, while the AP analysis also includes state legislative elections. Nevada's districts were decided by a court, but Republicans complained at the time that they appeared more favorable to Democrats.

"There's one answer for that, one word: gerrymander", said Terry Madonna, director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

According to the AP analysis, Colorado's Republican congressional candidates won 51 percent of the statewide vote in November to maintain their 4-3 margin.

At least two-thirds of the commissioners must vote to approve a map.

Former Congressman Dennis Kucinich, who saw his Cleveland district eliminated after the 2010 Census and his home drawn into that of a fellow Democrat, said there's "no question" districts are unfair - though he holds both parties culpable.

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.

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