INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana Democrats don't expect their election prospects to improve in the near future after Republicans drew election maps that led to the GOP picking up two U.S. congressional seats in 2012.
The changes in 2011 took once-sprawling districts and made them more compact and Republican-friendly. The GOP holds a 7-2 edge in the Indiana congressional delegation just four years after Democrats had a 5-4 advantage.
The 2011 redistricting marked the first time in decades that Republicans controlled the state House and Senate as well as the governorship. In 1991 and 2001, Democrats held the Indiana House, giving them a say in the Congressional maps.
Legislative leaders say the new maps make more geographic sense. But they also strengthen the Republican hold on seven of the nine congressional seats.