While much of Washington is obsessed with the effect of health care reform on the midterm elections, a bigger factor in the future makeup of the House may be the three dozen gubernatorial races on the ballot in November.
That’s because the men and women who gain control of the nation’s governors’ mansions this fall will oversee redistricting, the once-a-decade exercise in redrawing House district lines by legislatures in every state.
With such high stakes, both parties are ramping up to play hard in the gubernatorial races, as well as in the state legislative elections that often run under the national radar. After back-to-back winning cycles, the Democrats have the most to lose. And the Republicans have been building a war chest and recruiting a team of insider all-stars to ensure they do.
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