9 midterms races with Electoral College implications

Redistricting! It's not just for wonks.Here's why it really matters -- and why the 2018 elec...

Posted: Oct 21, 2018 11:12 AM
Updated: Oct 21, 2018 11:12 AM

Redistricting! It's not just for wonks.

Here's why it really matters -- and why the 2018 election will have a major impact on the election cycles to come:

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Voters this fall will install 30 governors and more than 800 legislators that will be responsible for redrawing voting districts in three years -- which will have a major impact in each and every state in the country, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

And for a select handful of states (flashing in that nifty graphic above as projected by the NSCL), their projected major population gain (or loss) means that they are gaining (or losing) representation in Congress -- and Electoral College votes.

The redistricting process happens every decade. And the people involved with that process, in many cases, local legislators (some states use appointed commissions) will be the ones involved in drawing the lines -- and many governors will have the power of veto to nix or approve those redrawn districts.

This will make the already complicated -- and political -- process even more contentious.

The 2010 cycle's redistricting process was insanely political, with Republicans who had made huge gains in the tea party wave controlling much of the process. This time around, Democrats are hoping to have more sway over the new district lines, the NSCL's redistricting expert Wendy Underhill told me this week.

Organizations like the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, helmed by Eric Holder and backed by former President Barack Obama, say they want to confront the gerrymandering inherent in the process.

"Proponents of these measures are wishing to have a less political process. Whether they get that with their process remains to be seen," Underhill said.

Here are some major 2018 races we're watching in those states expected to gain (or lose) Electoral College votes after 2020:

Key governors races: (all would have veto power over their state's redrawn district lines)

  • Oregon (+1 vote) has a close race between Democratic Gov. Kate Brown and Republican challenger Knute Buehler  
  • Florida (+2 votes) Democrat Andrew Gillum is facing GOP Rep. Ron DeSantis for the open governor's seat.
  • Ohio (-1 vote) between Democrat Richard Cordray and Republican Mike DeWine.
  • Michigan (-1 vote) has an open race for governor between Democrat Gretchen Whitmer and Republican Bill Schuette.

Key state House races:

  • Michigan, (-1 vote) is home to where Democrats are hoping to break the Republican trifecta (where one party controls both chambers of the House and Senate and the Governor's office). Republicans currently have a 63-47 majority in the state House -- Democrats need to flip nine seats to take the House.

Key state Senate races:

  • New York (-1 vote) currently has an evenly split Senate of 31 Republicans and 31 Democrats. Could a Democratic wave turn the longtime-red Senate blue?
  • Florida (+2 votes) has Democrats hoping to flip five seats to gain a majority.
  • Colorado (+1 vote) has Democrats vying to break the slim Republican majority in the Senate. Should they win back the Senate by flipping one Republican seat, retain control of the House (which is expected) and win the governor's office, they will re-capture their trifecta lost in 2014.
  • Minnesota (+1 vote) has only one State senate race on the ballot this year. It's also the only seat Democrats would need to win to gain control of the Senate.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 112123

Reported Deaths: 3223
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Hinds7796173
DeSoto670178
Harrison484483
Jackson435081
Rankin383786
Madison373993
Lee344979
Forrest296377
Jones283782
Washington252197
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Lauderdale2376131
Lamar217138
Bolivar198377
Oktibbeha195854
Neshoba1814111
Lowndes174962
Panola166337
Leflore160787
Sunflower157649
Warren152755
Monroe145972
Pontotoc143819
Pike137256
Lincoln135555
Copiah135036
Marshall134826
Scott123829
Coahoma123436
Grenada120038
Yazoo119333
Simpson118649
Union115225
Holmes113560
Leake113340
Tate113239
Itawamba110424
Pearl River108958
Adams104343
Prentiss102619
Wayne98721
Alcorn96012
George93917
Marion92942
Covington92525
Tippah85921
Newton84427
Chickasaw82625
Winston82221
Tallahatchie81825
Tishomingo79341
Hancock78127
Attala77626
Clarke72349
Clay67621
Jasper67417
Walthall63327
Calhoun61412
Noxubee59617
Smith58316
Claiborne53216
Montgomery52923
Tunica52217
Lawrence49914
Yalobusha49314
Perry48122
Carroll46312
Greene45518
Stone45014
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Quitman4146
Humphreys41216
Jefferson Davis39811
Webster36613
Wilkinson33020
Kemper32015
Benton3154
Sharkey27814
Jefferson27010
Franklin2373
Choctaw2036
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 153016

Reported Deaths: 2633
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Jefferson22563372
Mobile14335314
Tuscaloosa10023133
Montgomery9759196
Madison904893
Shelby709960
Lee644966
Baldwin640569
Marshall428248
Calhoun412759
Etowah405749
Morgan396833
Houston364632
DeKalb319628
Elmore310752
St. Clair282142
Limestone270828
Walker268892
Talladega258435
Cullman227623
Lauderdale208740
Autauga201029
Jackson200915
Franklin199731
Colbert192228
Russell19053
Dallas185627
Blount184824
Chilton181731
Escambia171328
Coffee16669
Covington166029
Dale163451
Pike130512
Chambers130143
Tallapoosa128686
Clarke127117
Marion104729
Butler99840
Barbour9889
Marengo97221
Winston90413
Geneva8417
Pickens80517
Lawrence80031
Randolph79814
Bibb79114
Hale74529
Cherokee72214
Clay71912
Lowndes70127
Henry6376
Bullock63517
Monroe6319
Washington62212
Crenshaw59330
Perry5806
Wilcox55912
Conecuh55713
Fayette55312
Cleburne5287
Macon52820
Sumter46721
Lamar4565
Choctaw38712
Greene33916
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