An organization founded by former President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder has pledged to pour millions of dollars into key races in several battleground states as part of a plan to erode Republican control over the critical redistricting process.
The National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NDRC), founded by Holder last year, hasfocused a significant amount of resources on gubernatorial seats, state legislative races, and other state-level races in an effort to chip away at Republican control of the redistricting process - specifically, Holder cited a desire to deny Republicans state government trifectas, where a single party controls the governorship and an entire legislature.
"From my perspective, success is if you break a trifecta," Holder said. "I don’t think that in December of 2018, you measure success only by whether you have assumed control of a particular state."
In Ohio, the NDRC has pledged to support the Democratic candidate in the contentious race to replace term-limited Republican Governor John Kasich, as well as the Democratic candidates for State Auditor and Secretary of State (both offices are currently held by Republicans, as Senator Sherrod Brown is the only Democrat currently elected to state-wide office).