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Pennsylvania redistricting decision gives Democrats a boost

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By BILL BARROW and MARK SCOLFORO
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pennsylvania already figured prominently in Democrats' attempt to win back control of the U.S. House. Now a decision in a long-running redistricting case is set to give those efforts a boost.

A reshuffled map is expected to make several districts friendlier for Democratic candidates in November.

Democrats had zeroed in on six Pennsylvania congressional districts out of 91 they are targeting nationwide, even before the state Supreme Court tossed out heavily partisan maps drawn by Republicans. Only California and New York have more top targets for House Democrats.

Kelly Ward, executive director of a Democratic redistricting group, says new political maps in Pennsylvania will lead to competitive elections "so that the swing nature of the state is reflected" in Congress.

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