Winning statewide offices in Ohio this year will be huge for Republicans as the state undergoes its next round of redrawing Congressional and state legislative district boundaries.
Politico senior Congressional writer Richard Cohen explores the reapportionment idea today.
Census data, which is the basis for determining the number of Congressional representatives from each state, indicate Ohio will likely lose some seats. If Republicans control the key state seats, they may be able to redraw boundaries to squeeze out Democrats.
'If Republicans are in control, they could reduce to three or four the number of Democratic seats in Ohio, by packing Democrats into urban areas,' said Michael Sargeant, executive director of the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, which represents state lawmakers from across the country.
However, Cohen notes that Republicans are cautious, because no matter how they redraw the lines, freshman Republicans who win election next week would be the most vulnerable in the next election.
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