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Republicans Looking For Leadership On Redistricting

January 19, 2011
But Democrats appear to have a leg up in organizing and, perhaps more importantly, in fundraising. The National Committee for an Effective Congress and the Foundation for the Future are leading the Democratic efforts. For Republicans, the problem in some ways is an embarrassment of riches. The RSLC and REDMAP were more successful in picking up control of state legislatures than they had ever believed they would be. That included flipping state legislatures in states like Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania, giving the GOP complete control of the redistricting process in 15 states. A big part of the reason for that success was they raised more than $30 million for the effort -- sucking up any dollars that could have also been used to start an outside redistricting organization. Despite his surprise that an organization isn't already up and running, Reynolds didn't sound too worried about the Republican redistricting effort. He also said that he believed such an organization would be set up sometime in February, calling January a "reorganization month" with the election of a new RNC chairman and the new House majority being sworn in. "I think," he said, "that there's ample time to get up and running based on such a positive result that occurred this past election."
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