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Jul 9, 2013 3:43 PM by Eric Ross

GOP redistricting skills may hurt immigration push

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans' knack for congressional redistricting helps them control the U.S. House. But it may be working against them on immigration and other issues important to presidential elections.

House Republicans generally represent far fewer Hispanics than do Democrats. That's largely due to a politicized redistricting process that packs minorities into Democratic-leaning districts.

That leaves GOP representatives with lots of white conservatives who oppose what they call "amnesty" for immigrants living here illegally. These voters are crucial in Republican primaries.

Many Republican leaders say the party must embrace immigration changes to improve its weak standing with Hispanic voters in presidential elections.

But many House Republicans fear challenges from the right in next year's GOP primary elections if they displease voters back home who oppose the immigration legislation.

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