On Friday, the US Supreme Court announced that it would hear the redistricting lawsuit that Maryland Republicans are bringing, challenging the state’s current congressional boundaries as being a political gerrymander. The court has already heard a similar case from Wisconsin. States awaiting that decision, which should be issued before the end of April, are North Carolina, Texas, and Virginia (for the state legislature). Should the high court side with the plaintiffs in either Wisconsin or Maryland, the possibility exists that some political boundaries could be re-drawn before the 2018 election. Such an exercise would have a major effect upon how the current election cycle unfolds.
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