WASHINGTON (AP) – Republicans defeated three veteran Texas Democrats and snatched an open Democratic seat in Kentucky on Tuesday as they glided toward extending their decade-long control of the House.

Democrats made a run at knocking off the longest-serving Republican in the chamber.

Months after Texas’ dominant state Republicans redrew congressional district lines to the GOP’s advantage, the fiercely disputed plan bore fruit and fueled the party’s hopes of holding its House majority. Among its chief architects were House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, who was easily re-elected.

Texas Democratic Reps. Charles Stenholm, a leading fiscal conservative and power on the Agriculture Committee, and Martin Frost, a one-time member of his party’s leadership, were both defeated, along with Rep. Max Sandlin. Along with a fourth Texas Democrat , the group had a total of 68 years of experience in the House.

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