By JULIE CARR SMYTH
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A Democratic group backed by former President Barack Obama plans to invest millions of dollars in state-level elections in 11 states this year, with its heaviest focus on Ohio.
The National Democratic Redistricting Committee, led by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, says this year's election cycle is critical to affecting the congressional redistricting process. It's the first cycle whose winners will participate in drawing congressional maps for the decade starting in 2021.
Electoral targets the group announced Wednesday include 11 states, nine gubernatorial races, 18 legislative chambers, two ballot initiatives and two down-ballot races. Eight more states are on the committee's watch list.
The group is targeting six areas in bellwether Ohio, including governor, auditor and secretary of state. All are members of the map-drawing apportionment board.
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