Democrats Eye Critical Trump State

The Supreme Court’s decision last week not to stop partisan gerrymandering was a blow to congressional Democrats who were hoping several states could see more favorable maps for 2020.

But in at least one state, a new map implemented last year to redress partisan gerrymandering is giving Democrats another 2020 pickup opportunity. That map resulted from a Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling that found the old congressional lines violated the state constitution. And Democrats are now looking to other state courts in their fight for less partisan maps.

The excitement from national Democrats about Pennsylvania’s 10th District was on full display Monday, when state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, a Democrat, announced his candidacy against Republican incumbent Scott Perry, a member of the hard-line conservative House Freedom Caucus.

The Harrisburg-area seat wouldn’t be in play if Perry weren’t running for just the second time in a district that became less Republican under the redrawn map. Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales rates the race Tilts Republican. Democrats netted three seats in Pennsylvania during the 2018 midterms under the new lines.

Read more at Roll Call.