The Hill: Dems aim for state legislatures to win back the House


Chairman David Avella recently sat down with The Hill’s Reid Wilson to discuss state legislative races around the country:

Dems aim for state legislatures to win back the House
The Hill
By Reid Wilson
September 5, 2016

Devastating losses in state legislative elections across the country in 2010 and 2014 have put Democrats at a historic disadvantage — one from which they must extricate themselves if they hope to control the U.S. House of Representatives any time in the near future.

The fight to recover those lost seats begins this year, when more than 5,900 state legislative seats are up for grabs in November. Both parties are eyeing about 16 legislative chambers where they believe narrow majorities are at risk.

Control of state legislative chambers matters in the larger fight for the House: In 34 states, legislatures draw congressional district lines after the decennial Census. If one party controls the legislature and the governor’s mansion, it can draw district boundaries that give them a distinct advantage.

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