Democratic wave faces GOP gerrymandering in US House races

Democratic wave faces GOP gerrymandering in US House races

As a freshman congressman, Republican Ted Budd seems to have several strikes against him as he faces his first re-election in his North Carolina district.

He belongs to the same party as the president, a historical negative in midterm elections. President Donald Trump‘s national disapproval ratings have risen since taking office. And Budd faces a female challenger in a year when women’s political involvement has been intensifying.

Yet Budd has at least one built-in advantage: He’s running in a district intentionally drawn to favor Republicans.

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