Donald Trump’s grip on Washington could hinge on a fierce battle being fought over how political maps are drawn.

As things stand elections for the House of Representatives will be fought on maps drawn after the 2010 census which, experts say,  give the Republicans between 23 and 25 seats more than they are entitled to based on their share of the vote.

Similar complaints have been made about maps for statewide elections, with allegations that gerrymandering for partisan political purposes is widespread.

In early January, North Carolina’s congressional map was struck down as unconstitutional after federal judges said it was "motivated by invidious partisan intent", handing the Democrats a major…

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