McAuliffe to lead national redistricting effort by Democrats

STATE-NEWSRICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is helping lead a new national effort to give Democrats a greater say in drawing future congressional boundaries. The Democratic Governors Association announced Tuesday that McAuliffe will be co-chairman of a new redistricting fund aimed at ensuring Democratic governors in key states hold power in 2020, when states will begin redrawing congressional maps. Republicans ran a similar effort in 2010 with much success, which has helped the GOP maintain a sizeable majority in the U.S. House. In Virginia, Republicans control 8 out of 11 congressional districts, despite the fact that GOP candidates haven’t won statewide office since 2009. McAuliffe will partner with EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock on fundraising and promoting the new effort, which is being called the 2020 Redistricting Fund.

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