The “blue wave” of 2018 delivered major victories for Democrats. Yet, even those successes were limited by gerrymandering. According to the AP, “Republicans won about 16 more U.S. House seats than would have been expected based on their average share of the vote in congressional districts across the country. In state House elections, Republicans’ structural advantage might have helped them hold on to as many as seven chambers that otherwise could have flipped to Democrats.”

In 2008, Democrats retained control of the House and Senate; took back the White House and elected this country’s first black president; and flipped control of Missouri’s governorship to a Democrat. Just two years later, the Tea Party reversed this progress. Bolstered by Karl Rove and his Redistricting Majority Project (REDMAP) strategy, Republicans smartly took advantage of the 2010 census to target state legislatures to gain control of the map drawing process.

To protect the progress Democrats made in 2018, we have to recognize our current opportunities and future threats. Scott Walker is now serving with The National Republican Redistricting Trust as national finance chairman. We know how ruthlessly partisan his motives are. And with the 2020 census right around the corner, this is our chance to elect and support strong Democratic governors. 


Our party has been too federally focused, and we paid the price. It’s time to put our efforts into the state- level and invest in an infrastructure built for success, now and into the future.

That’s why the Democratic Governors Association launched Unrig the Map, a zero-overhead fund to elect Democratic governors who have a role in the 2021 redistricting process.


In the 2017-2018 election cycle, because of the DGA’s record investment and strategic spending, we won seven of our nine redistricting targets in Colorado, Maine, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Virginia to ensure Democratic governors will oversee the drawing of fair maps for the next decade. The DGA built on our initial Unrig the Map wins by flipping Kentucky blue and protecting Louisiana in 2019.

As we look at the map for 2020 and beyond, electing Democratic governors to office ahead of the next round of redistricting will provide a backstop against another round of GOP gerrymandering. It’s also the first step towards maintaining a Democratic majority in Congress and restoring a functional, more representative democracy.


Republicans know that the battle for Congress is being waged at the state level. Scott Walker and REDMAP have a $100 million raise goal ahead of the 2020 elections.

We cannot let history repeat itself. And we know that progress can be fleeting.

2018 was the best year for Democratic governors in over 30 years. Democratic governors now represent a majority of the American population! But the work is far from finished.

As we look to the opportunities ahead of us in 2020, there are 11 seats up for election. And Republicans currently hold 7 of those seats. The DGA has proven that we can run and win in red states. With sufficient resources, we are well-positioned to run competitive races.

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