This week, the National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NDRC) provided an additional $250,000 to the Democratic Party of Virginia Coordinated Campaign to elect Ralph Northam and Democrats down the ballot. Following a contribution of $500,000 in September, NDRC’s total monetary investment in Virginia is now $750,000.
Eric H. Holder, Jr., the 82nd Attorney General of the United States and Chair of NDRC, released the following statement:
“Virginians deserve a political system where voters choose their representatives, not where politicians choose their voters. Ralph Northam is the clear choice to ensure that when Virginia redraws their maps in 2021, the districts will reflect the values and diversity of the Commonwealth’s communities. I look forward to campaigning in Virginia to make sure we get out the vote in this critical election.”
In addition to NDRC’s investment, Holder is helping fundraise for Democrats in Virginia and will be campaigning in the Commonwealth later this month. NDRC also joined with MobilizeAmerica to create an online portal that channels grassroots volunteers into canvassing, phone banking, and text banking for Democrats in Virginia.
Virginia’s maps were badly gerrymandered by Republicans following the Census in 2010. Last year in Virginia, Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump by 5 points, but Republicans still control 7 of Virginia’s 11 congressional seats. The next governor of Virginia will have the power to sign or veto Congressional and state legislative maps following the 2020 Census.