Redistricting power at stake in 2020 legislative elections

In this Jan. 7, 2020 file photo, State Sen. John Ruckelshaus, R-Indianapolis, signs a poster board with a pledge to support redistricting reform standards following a news conference with Common Cause Indiana as Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon, D-Munster, right, watches at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. Ruckelshaus has proposed creating a website where the public can draw suggested maps and submit comments before the Legislature votes on new districts in 2021.(AP Photo/Tom Davies)
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The reins of political power will be at stake in the 2020 U.S. elections — not just for the presidency, but for thousands of lower-profile elections for state House and Senate seats.

The winners of more than 5,000 state legislative races around the country will have a role in redrawing districts for Congress after the 2020 census.

Many also will be involved in redrawing their own legislative districts.

If a political party can win control of state legislative chambers now, it can draw voting districts to its advantage for future elections.

Eight governors being elected in 2020 also will have a role in redistricting.

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