New Pennsylvania congressional map could benefit Democrats

New Pennsylvania congressional map could benefit Democrats
From CBC - February 19, 2018

Pennsylvania's high court issued a new congressional district map for the state's 2018 elections on its self-imposed deadline Monday, all but ensuring that Democratic prospects will improve in several seats and that Republican lawmakers challenge it in Federal Court as they seek to protect their advantage in the U.S. House.

The map of Pennsylvania's 18 congressional districts is to be in effect for the May 15 primary and substantially overhauls a congressional map widely viewed as among the nation's most gerrymandered. The map was approved in a 4-3 decision.

Most significantly, the new map likely gives Democrats a better shot at winning seats in Philadelphia's heavily populated and moderate suburbs, where Republicans had held seats in bizarrely contorted districts, including one labelled "Goofy Kicking Donald Duck."

The redrawn map could boost the Democratic Party's quest to capture control of the U.S. House and dramatically change Pennsylvania's predominantly Republican, all-male delegation.

See Pennsylvania's 2011 congressional map change into the new one the state Supreme Court ordered today (GIF via @damondahlen)


Meanwhile, sitting congressmen, dozens of would-be candidates and millions of voters have to sort out which district they live in barely a month before the candidates' deadline to submit paperwork to run.

Republican lawmakers are expected to quickly challenge the map in Federal Court, arguing that legislatures and governors, not courts, have the constitutional responsibility to draw congressional maps.

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