Two organizations that were prominent in urging the state Supreme Court to overturn the Pennsylvania congressional districts now may file lawsuits over the replacement map. Representatives from both Common Cause and the NAACP are objecting to minorities being packed into one Philadelphia district when they currently have majority minority status in two under the invalidated plan.
The new map creates one western downtown Philadelphia African American district (PA-3) that Rep. Dwight Evans (D-Philadelphia) will claim, but the eastern downtown CD (PA-2) is likely to elect a white Democrat. Already, Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-Philadelphia) has said he will run there. The two organizations apparently believe the new draw violates the Voting Rights Act since what is now the new 2nd District was retrogressed in terms of minority population.
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