Democratic Redistricting Strategist on States to Watch (Podcast)

Kelly Burton, president of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, joined Bloomberg Government’s Kyle Trygstad and Greg Giroux on the latest episode of Downballot Counts to discuss recent developments in redistricting.

Burton listed the next states she’s watching closely for new maps. She also criticized Republicans’ strategy to gerrymander lines in their favor in an effort “to lock in political power outside of what voters want.” Burton said Democrats sought to draw “fair maps” in blue states, though the party has won approval of plans that are favorable to its candidates in some states.

The NDRC’s goal is to ensure Democrats are better positioned to win the House coming out of redistricting than they were 10 years ago. Burton said former President Barack Obama has been pivotal for the committee’s fundraising and for raising awareness for its mission.

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), whose majority is endangered in part by redistricting, speaks during a news conference at the Capitol on Dec. 15.

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