The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Monday afternoon released a new congressional map for use in the 2018 elections — the result of a decision from the court earlier this month that the existing map is an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander under the state’s constitution.
Under the challenged map, only 5 of the state’s 18 congressional districts are represented by Democrats — despite the fact that registered Democrats outnumber Republicans in the swing state.
“Dems have a good chance in up to 11 [congressional districts] & an outside chance at a 12th seat in Erie,” Cook Political Report’s Dave Wasserman tweeted about the new map.
Republican lawmakers had asked the US Supreme Court to step in and halt the state court’s opinion from going into effect, but Justice Samuel Alito — who oversees requests from Pennsylvania — denied the request.
As with a prior request to put the state supreme court’s decision on hold so as to not require a new map to be used in the 2018 election, the vote for implementing the new map was 4-3. (The initial vote finding the challenged map to be unconstitutional was 5-2, but one of the justices in the majority believed the ruling should not effect the 2018 elections.)
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