Open or contorted US House districts may see biggest changes

February 11, 2018 - 11:46 am

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court's decision to throw out the state's congressional map because of partisan gerrymandering has ignited a scramble to redraw district boundaries as dozens of candidates watch and wait.

Boundaries drawn by Republicans after the 2010 census to favor Republicans are expected to become less GOP-friendly.

Districts with especially contorted boundaries or that stretch long distances could become more compact, and six districts where members of Congress re-elected in 2016 aren't running for another term could see big changes.

The Democratic-majority state Supreme Court has promised to produce a new map for Pennsylvania's 18 congressional districts by Feb. 19. It could consider proposals by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, leaders of the Republican-controlled Legislature and parties to the gerrymandering case.

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