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The White House on Wednesday blamed redistricting for the Republicans' success in Tuesday's elections, and admitted that President Obama was hoping for a better result for Democrats.

"[T]here are a whole lot of theories that have been proffered about why Democrats have not performed as well as we would like, either at the state level or in off-year elections," said White House spokesman Josh Earnest. "Republicans have focused on redistricting … and that has recently started to bear fruit for them."

Demographers have noted that Democrats' tendency to live in denser, urban areas dilutes their voting power when legislative lines are drawn, Earnest said.

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