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Jewish Republicans fret over losses in Congress

Posted: July 13, 2014 at 3:13 a.m.

WASHINGTON -- Jewish Republicans know they are few in number. But at a recent gathering at the St. Regis Hotel in downtown Washington, they pondered the meaning of an especially alarming figure: zero.

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This photo taken June 30, 2014 shows North Carolina Republican Congressional candidate David Rouzer, right, talking with campaign aide Tyler Foote in Raleigh, N.C. Rouzer is favored to win the House seat that North Carolina Democrat Mike McIntyre is surrendering after 18 years. Democrats long have claimed that Republicans abused their legislative powers to elect a disproportionate number of U.S. House members. A court in Florida is lending credence to their complaint, and North Carolina Democrats are fighting a GOP-drawn map in state court. The battles are shining a new light on the fiercely partisan practice of gerrymandering, in which state officials draw congressional districts to help their party. Both parties have done it for decades, but Republicans refined the practice in 2011, a year after they won control of numerous state governments preparing to redraw congressional maps based on the 2010 census. Its one reason Republicans hold a solid House majority even though Americans cast 1.4 million more votes for Democratic House candidates than for GOP House candidates in 2012.

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