October 25, 2010

...AND REDDER...:

GOP poised to win redistricting supremacy, too (JENNIFER C. KERR, 10/25/2010, AP)

While most of the attention in next week’s midterm elections is focused on races for Congress and governor, results in scores of local, down-ticket races carry far-reaching implications, likely to dilute Democrats’ dominance in the once-every-10-years redrawing of political district boundaries for the U.S. House.

In most states, redistricting falls to the Legislature, which will draw new boundaries based on the 2010 census. The party in control has a huge advantage and can draw district lines that could determine whether Republicans or Democrats dominate a state’s congressional delegation for an entire decade, and possibly even control of the U.S. House itself.

“There’s a big historic trend that points to this being a Republican election,” said Tim Storey, an elections expert at the National Conference of State Legislatures. “It’s tough for the party in the White House to win in midterm elections at the state legislative level, and Democrats are really at a peak of seats right now.”

If Republicans pull off a landslide next week, Storey sees the GOP taking majorities away from Democrats in as many as 18 legislative chambers.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 25, 2010 2:20 PM
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