Contact: Patrick Rodenbush
Washington, D.C. — Today, the National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NDRC) announced its electoral targets for the 2018 election cycle. This is a critical election year for redistricting because it is the first cycle where the officials elected will serve during the redistricting process in 2021.
As the only entity looking at the electoral map strictly through the lens of redistricting, NDRC’s targets shine a spotlight on the elections most important for shifting the balance of power in the redistricting process.
NDRC is targeting 12 states, including 9 gubernatorial races, 20 legislative chambers, 2 ballot initiatives, and 2 down-ballot races. There are 8 additional states on our Watch List.
“Gerrymandering contributes to the political polarization and dysfunction in this country and is a threat to our democracy. In 2011, Republicans created gerrymandered districts that locked themselves into power and shut out voters from the electoral process,” said Eric H. Holder, Jr., Chairman of NDRC and the 82nd Attorney General of the United States. “By focusing on these state and local races, we can ensure Democrats who will fight for fairness have a seat at the table when new maps are drawn in 2021.”
NDRC will invest time and resources in these races and utilize our position as the strategic hub for redistricting to focus organizational efforts into these areas. We will also put a particular focus on turning out young people and people of color in these states this year.
NDRC 2018 Primary Targets
Colorado Governor, state Senate
Florida Governor, State Senate
Georgia Governor, state Senate
Michigan Governor, State Senate, state House, ballot initiative
Minnesota Governor, state Senate, state House
Nevada Governor, state Senate, state House
North Carolina State Senate, state House
Ohio Governor, State Auditor, Secretary of State, state Senate, state House, ballot initiative
Pennsylvania Governor, state Senate, state House
Texas State Senate, state House
Virginia State House in 2017; state Senate and state House in 2019
Wisconsin Governor, State Senate
NDRC 2018 Watch List
Arizona Ballot initiative
Maine Governor, state Senate
Missouri Ballot initiative
New Hampshire Governor, state Senate, state House
New York State Senate
South Carolina Governor, state Senate
South Dakota Ballot initiative
Utah Ballot initiative
For more information, please visit our website https://democraticredistricting.com/2018-targets/.
The National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NDRC) is the first-ever strategic hub for a comprehensive redistricting strategy that includes winning targeted elections, reforming the system, advancing legal action and building the infrastructure needed to achieve a fairer redistricting process.
Our goal is to restore fairness to our democracy by undoing the Republican gerrymandering plaguing our country and creating fair congressional and legislative maps that reflect the will of the voters.