The National Democratic Redistricting Committee will pour substantial amounts of money to a large number of elections in different states. The intention is to stop the GOP from making the congressional maps to their advantage after 2020. The committee is headed by the ex-attorney general Eric H. Holder Jr. The former US President backs the group's intentions. The strategy involves contesting a mix of legislative seats, governorships, and a number of state offices. The aim is to break the all-controlling power of the GOP over redistricting process.
The group has already shortlisted a few states which it thinks are critical when it comes to presidential elections. Obama plans to visit a few of these states within 2018. The former president has expressed his interest in the matter. He has already discussed the strategy with Holder on this issue. The list of states to be targeted include Republican strongholds like Wisconsin and Michigan. The plan has also included states with significant Democrats like Nevada, Colorado, and Minnesota. The Democrats in these states must defend their dominance in 2018 elections. Holder said that the plan will be a success only if the trifecta is broken. It has nothing to do with the control of any specific state.
According to Holder, the group's principal aim is to deny the GOP what is colloquially termed trifectas in the state governments. These are places where the entire legislature and the governorship are under the total beck and call of Republicans. Instances of this kind of administration are found in states like Florida and Ohio. Holder said that for him it would be a hands-on approach. He will start with the Wisconsin Supreme Court election. Both him and Obama will try to mobilize African-American voters.
For Democrats, the path is not easy. The GOP holds sway over a substantial number of states. It means the GOP can redraw maps as per their convenience in those states. Holder said that the Democrats will pour in money where the GOP appears to be vulnerable. It means that in a state like Ohio, the Democrats will not only compete for the governor post but also for comparatively obscure but important posts like the secretary of state and the state auditor. Both these posts play a vital role in redrawing Congressional maps. Holder's people will assist Democrats in Florida and Wisconsin to compete for a majority in the state Senate and also the governorship.