As if a high-stakes presidential race weren't enough, the 2020 Census and 2021 redistricting process is right around the corner. Behind the scenes, the fierce fight over the next decade's political cartography is well underway — and Democratic strategists are more optimistic than they were a decade ago, when Republicans dominated redistricting at the state level. Democrats are entering 2020 riding a string of victories: in the past few years, they successfully sued to overturn GOP-drawn congressional maps in Florida, Virginia, Pennsylvania and North Carolina and won key 2019 state-level races in Kentucky, Louisiana and Virginia. And last June, the Supreme Court rejected the Trump administration's push to add a citizenship question to the Census. Democrats today are much more awake to the process than they were in 2010. In particular, victories by the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, led by Eric Holder, to win more Democratic-friendly maps in Pennsylvania and North Carolina have alarmed GOP groups, who would like the Supreme Court to step in and rule state courts shouldn't have jurisdiction over federal maps. In 2011, fresh off a

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