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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Democrats' ultimate ability to maintain control of the House after the 2020 election depends on whether they can flip state legislatures in Florida, Texas and North Carolina, according to a new report by the Democratic super PAC Forward Majority that was shared with Axios.

Why it matters: Republicans won 16 more U.S. House seats than suggested by vote share because of gerrymandered maps, per an AP analysis. The new report asserts that Democrats need to flip at least one legislative chamber in Florida, Texas and North Carolina "to avoid giving Republicans a structural advantage in Congress through 2032."

  • The backdrop: Democrats flipped legislative chambers in blue states like Maine, New York and Connecticut, and won gubernatorial races in battleground states like Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan during the midterms. They also flipped 12 House seats in Texas' state legislature and 7 House seats in Florida's.

Between the lines: Some Democrats are worried that the presidential race in 2020 will hurt the party's ability to focus more on key state legislature races, especially after Democratic state House candidates were out-raised 3-to-1 in both Florida and Texas in 2018.

  • "We worry folks are already becoming so consumed by the presidential race that we could lose sight of this again," said Benjamin Wexler-Waite, communications director for Forward Majority.
  • "We have to be honest with ourselves: what happened in 2018 was not enough and Republicans are on the brink of gerrymandering dozens of seats in Congress all over again," Wexler-Waite added.

The bottom line: Democrats will have to win a lot more state legislative seats than they did in 2018 if they want to grow their congressional power. 2020 holds a lot more consequence than just the presidential election.

Go deeper: Federal judges rule Michigan's voting maps are illegally gerrymandered

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Chinese ride-hail giant DiDi said it will delist from the New York Stock Exchange, following a Chinese government crackdown on foreign listings.

Why it matters: This reflects how geopolitical tensions are bleeding into the capital markets.

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Hawaii became on Thursday the fifth state to confirm the newly discovered Omicron variant after New York announced five new cases earlier in the day.

The latest: In Hawaii, the variant was found in an unvaccinated O'ahu resident with moderate symptoms who had previously been infected with COVID-19, per a state health department statement. The variant has also been confirmed in California, Colorado and Minnesota.

Senate Dems receive max donations from Nord Stream 2 lobbyist

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

A major Democratic donor and Nord Stream 2 lobbyist has made maximum campaign contributions this year to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and vulnerable Senate Democrats, campaign finance records show.

Why it matters: If pressure from the White House to vote against reimposing sanctions on the Russia-backed natural gas pipeline weren't enough, Democrats who back such legislation also will be at loggerheads with one of their party's top fundraisers.