The state Supreme Court yesterday struck down the Pennsylvania congressional lines as a political gerrymander under the Constitution of Pennsylvania by a 4-3 vote. They have ordered the map re-drawn and enacted by February 15th. The Republican legislature is now tasked with re-crafting the congressional delegation map, which will be subject to Gov. Tom Wolf’s (D) veto. Therefore, it is a certainty that the map will undergo major changes that will favor the Democrats.
The current delegation split is 13R-5D. The three open seats currently represented by Reps. Bill Shuster (R-Hollidaysburg/Altoona), Lou Barletta (R-Hazelton), and Charlie Dent (R-Allentown) give the GOP map-drawers a major opportunity to concede seats using the territory within these districts and surrounding regions as the basis for the mandated changes.
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