Republicans expand redistricting strategy for 2020

Scott Bland, POLITICO

“Republicans are launching a new redistricting group with plans to fight more Democratic-drawn political maps in court, part of an expanded strategy to influence congressional and state legislative boundaries after the next census.

The organization, called the National Republican Redistricting Trust, will focus on data and legal efforts and “serve as a central resource to coordinate and collaborate” on redistricting for other party organizations and members, according to a memo announcing its formation.

Other Republican groups will continue their work on winning state offices that play a role in redistricting — which Republicans did to great effect in 2010, giving them control of the map-drawing process in close to half of states. But NRRT senior adviser Guy Harrison said there is “no doubt” Republicans will be more aggressive in court after 2020, with more resources and early planning at their disposal.”

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