A Democratic group which is strongly backed by former U.S President Barack Obama said this week it plans to push in millions of dollars in state-level elections in 11 states this year, with its heaviest focus on Ohio.
The National Democratic Redistricting Committee, led by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, said this year’s election cycle is critical to affecting the congressional redistricting process. It is the first cycle whose winners will participate in drawing congressional maps for the decade starting in 2021.
The push comes amid bipartisan national concern that political gerrymandering, the process of drawing maps that benefit one party over another, has led to partisanship, gridlock and incivility in Washington.
In Ohio, the committee plans to support Democrats to gain five political offices: Governor, Secretary of state, Auditor, Ohio Senate and Ohio House, also pushing a redistricting ballot measure.
Other possible target races are:
Governor, state Senate: Colorado
Governor, state Senate: Florida
Governor, state Senate: Georgia
Governor, state Senate, state House, ballot initiative: Michigan
Governor, state Senate, state House: Minnesota
Governor, state Senate, state House: Nevada
Wisconsin: Governor, state Senate
And a few possible others..