NDRC Announces 2018 Electoral Targets

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, ballot initiative, State Auditor, Secretary of State, state Senate, state House
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 House
South Dakota             Ballot initiative
Utah                              Ballot initiative

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.