New Indiana congressional districts clear Legislature


INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana legislators have given their final approval to more Republican-friendly election districts for the state's nine congressional seats.

The Indiana House voted 62-30 mostly along party lines in favor of the proposal.

That plan shifts several Republican-leaning areas into the northern Indiana district narrowly won last year by Democrat Joe Donnelly. It also appears to strengthen the GOP's hold on the southern Indiana district captured in 2010 by Republican Todd Young by extending it further north to include heavily GOP Johnson County near Indianapolis.

Republican redistricting leaders say the new districts are more compact and keep more counties together. Democrats say the map is aimed at protecting the state's six Republican congressmen and helping the GOP win Donnelly's seat.

The plan now goes to Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels for consideration.

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