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Tsongas seat at center of redistricting standoff

By Frank Phillips
Globe Staff / November 5, 2011

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The city of Lawrence has become the latest battleground in the Legislature’s final push to redraw its congressional districts, with US Representative Niki Tsongas of Lowell, the delegation’s only woman, fighting off a plan to take the heavily Democratic community from her district and give it to Representative John Tierney of Salem. The stand-off, which just surfaced in the last few days, has become the main sticking point in the process, according to sources who have been briefed on the proposal.

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