Arkansas Democrats face hard road to US House wins

Associated Press

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - While Democrats mapped out the districts Arkansas is using to send people to Congress through the current decade, they face a tough time winning any of the seats because of the state's shift toward Republicans and the dislike of President Barack Obama, political scientists say.

Nationwide, Republican victories aided by tea party influence in 2010 statehouse races gave the GOP control over much of the congressional redistricting process. The impact was immediate: even as Obama won re-election two years later, Republicans maintained a majority in the U.S. House.

The rightward shift didn't occur in Arkansas until 2012. That left congressional redistricting in Democrats' hands, but to no avail. GOP candidates swept all four U.S. House seats despite an attempt to shift Democratic areas into seats held by Republicans.

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