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GOP-backed group ready to rumble on redistricting

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A new Republican group is launching a campaign to ensure the GOP is well-positioned to draw the political boundaries that will determine future Congresses after the 2020 census.

The National Republican Redistricting Trust said Thursday that it will raise $35 million over the next three years so that it can fight future redistricting battles. It is designed as a counterweight to an organization headed by former Attorney General Eric Holder and backed by former President Barack Obama.

Republicans have used their control of a majority of statehouses to fashion boundaries that favor their candidates. The GOP claimed more than 55 percent of the seats in the House in the last election even though they edged Democratic candidates by just 1 percentage point in total votes.

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