Eric Holder leads Democrats to war on gerrymandering


WASHINGTON — Facing an uphill climb to win back Congress and state legislatures thanks in part to gerrymandering, former Attorney General Eric Holder is leading a new Democratic effort to redraw the lines with President Obama’s backing.

The National Democratic Redistricting Committee, created last year, has already raised $16 million through a mix of large donors and online appeals. Its goal is to target races and ballot initiatives in 12 states that would give Democrats an opportunity to create more favorable district maps after the 2020 census.

“I expect later this year you will see [Obama] campaigning with a focus on the races that will matter for redistricting,” Holder told reporters at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor on Wednesday. “He has identified this as his chief political activity post-presidency.”

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Former Attorney General Eric Holder is leading the Democratic charge on redistricting