What to Know in Washington: Redistricting Restarts Ahead of 2024
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The new district lines that helped Republicans win slim control of the US House could be changed in more than a dozen states before the 2024 election, potentially giving the GOP a stronger foothold for years to come.
North Carolina and Ohio — two of the nation’s most populous states, with 29 districts between them — used sure-to-be-changed interim maps in 2022. In addition, lawsuits alleging illegal gerrymandering are wending through the judicial process, and the US Supreme Court is considering whether to upend ground rules for redistricting.
“The maps could change enough that the dynamics of who has the upper hand in winning the House could change as well,” said Michael Li, a redistricting expert at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law.
That inherently contentious process could amplify the partisan divide in Congress and statehouses as each party seeks to draw lines in its favor.
The stakes are high, and the landscape has a lot of uncertainty that makes it hard to predict whether Republicans might expand their 222-212 edge. Greg Giroux breaks out the states to watch here.
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