|Published:||Nov 07, 2010 9:07 PM EST|
|Updated:||Nov 07, 2010 6:07 PM EST|
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Republicans don't just control much of the electoral map. In some cases, they now have the power to redraw it.
Overwhelming victories in statehouses and governors' races across the country this week have placed the GOP in command of redrawing both congressional and legislative districts to conform with Census results.
It's a grueling and politically charged process that typically gives the party in power an inherent advantage for a decade, allowing them to preserve current strongholds or to put others in play.
Along with gains in governorships this week, Republicans picked up about 680 legislative seats - twice the number Democrats gained in their wave two years ago.