Pelosi tells fellow Democrats 'it's all riding on Wisconsin'

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and former Attorney General Eric Holder are delivering a stark message to Wisconsin Democrats about what role the key battleground state will have in the presidential election

“No pressure, it’s all riding on Wisconsin,” Pelosi told more than 100 Democrats during a virtual meeting tied to the final day of the Democratic National Convention. “No pressure.”

Still, after Trump's narrow victory of less than 23,000 votes in 2016, and polls showing another close race this year, Democrats are pledging not to downplay the importance of Wisconsin in Biden's efforts to defeat Trump.

“The road to the presidency runs through Wisconsin,” said Holder, who was attorney general under former President Barack Obama. “The fate of the United States, the fate of the western world, is on your shoulders. Not too much pressure.”

Holder and Gov. Tony Evers also stressed the importance of denying Republicans the six seats needed in the Wisconsin Legislature to have a veto-proof super majority headed into the once-a-decade process of redistricting next year. Wisconsin has been at the front of the national battle over redistricting, with Democrats taking a challenge of the current maps all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Evers and Democrats have rallied around a “Save the Veto” message, with the first-term Democrat saying Thursday he had temporarily suspended fundraising for his own reelection to focus on that effort.

Evers predicted that Republicans would convene “within seconds” to override his veto of the maps if they have the votes to do it.

Holder said Wisconsin had the most gerrymandered maps in the country.

“We need to make sure that Democrats have a seat at the table," Holder said. “This is an existential presidential election, I get that. But so are the races happening down the ballot in Wisconsin as well, and across the country."

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