GOP Firewall: 2011 Redistricting

Republicans eye 2010 governor races
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 7, 2008 12:36 PM CDT
GOP Firewall: 2011 Redistricting
Seat changes after 2000 census   (Wikimedia Commons)

Republicans may be pessimistic about November 2008, but they’re feeling pretty good about November 2010. The census that year will spark a round of congressional redistricting, and if Republicans can pick up some statehouses, they might find themselves with a much bigger Capitol contingent. A rep for the party’s governors tells the Huffington Post, “We could feasibly see 25 to 30 congressional seats swing.”

Governors draw new districts. Many of the 36 gubernatorial races in 2010 involve departing Democrats. Of the 12 seats expected to be added, all are in GOP-controlled states. A Democratic Party rep says the party’s governors are “a formidable line of defense against Republicans who would like to Tom DeLay us out of congressional seats.” (More redistricting stories.)

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