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Miss. politics change, US House map varies little

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Party loyalty is being tested in one of Mississippi's U.S. House districts as a former Democratic congressman runs in a Republican primary.

Gene Taylor says he never asked constituents their political affiliation, and he hopes they'll accept him with a new label. Republican Steven Palazzo, who unseated him in 2010, notes it took Taylor 25 years to enter a GOP primary.

Mississippi has three Republicans and one Democrat in the U.S. House.

The partisan balance of some others states' legislatures changed after 2010 and gave Republicans - or, in fewer cases, Democrats - newfound power to draw congressional lines favoring their party.

In Mississippi, congressional districts are largely the same as a decade ago. The biggest change came after the 2000 Census, when Mississippi dropped from five districts to four.

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