Pa is on of the states where Republicans could make major chances in their favor via redistricting, if they take the governor's mansion (and/or the House), says this story in the Hill:
Former Rep. Martin Frost (D-Texas) headed his party’s redistricting efforts during the 2000 redraw. His seat later fell victim to former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay’s (R-Texas) mid-decade redistricting plan. This time around, Frost said, the three states that should worry Democrats the most are Pennsylvania, Ohio and Texas.
“Even if Ohio and Pennsylvania end up losing congressional seats, Republicans can be up to some mischief in both of those states if they win governorships there,” Frost said.
In Pennsylvania, Republicans are just six seats down in the state House, while holding the state Senate comfortably. There, it’s the House that controls congressional redistricting, with veto authority given to the governor. In the governor’s race, Republican Tom Corbett holds a solid lead over Democrat Dan Onorato, and Republicans appear confident they can take back the lower chamber of the State Legislature.
And pollster Stu Rothenberg has his overview of Pa elections here at Roll Call/CQ Politics:
There are many states that will have ballots chock-filled with exciting and competitive races, but if you are looking for a place where a big GOP political wave might show up early in the evening of Nov. 2 — or for evidence that it won’t be as big as some Republicans hope — you could do worse than focusing on Pennsylvania.