by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
A group focused on congressional redistricting efforts backed by President Barack Obama and led by former attorney general Eric Holder, a potential Democratic presidential contender, released a map of the states the organization will target leading up to the 2020 elections.
The National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NDRC), a Washington, D.C.-based group founded in 2016 that focuses on “Republican gerrymandering”, sent an email to supporters this week with a “sneak peek” of the states the group will focus on in the upcoming years.
“Friend—As a longtime supporter of the NDRC, we wanted you to be one of the first to see our map of 2019-2020 targets,” the fundraising email reads. “We have red states, blue(-ish) states, and purple states on our list—but they’re all states where we need to stop or prevent Republican gerrymandering.”
“And there’s no time to lose. The 2019 and 2020 elections begin NOW, and Republicans are already working to reverse Democrats’ 2018 gains.”
The NDRC will focus its 2019 efforts in Kentucky, Louisiana, Virginia, and Wisconsin, according to the map. For 2020, the group will expand its focus to Florida, Georgia, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and will double down in Wisconsin.