Redistricting across many battleground swing states could imperil Democrats’ chances of holding their House majority.
Despite winning the presidential election, Democrats did not fare well in down-ticket races such as the state legislature and gubernatorial elections. Now, Republican-controlled legislatures can move forward with redistricting in a manner some Democrats claim could result in them losing many swing district seats.
For instance, even though now-President Joe Biden won New Hampshire, the Republican-controlled state legislature could change Rep. Chris Pappas’s seat (D-NH) to make it more favorable for Republicans.
“I already serve in a Republican district, and they’re already talking about making it even more Republican,” Pappas told Politico.
Former Donald Trump administration official and New Hampshire Republican Matt Mowers lost by roughly five percent against Pappas but redistricting could give Mowers the edge during the next election cycle.
“The state Republican Party chair has made a pretty strong pronouncement that they will elect a conservative Republican to my district in the next election — but we’ll see,” Pappas added.