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Double defeat for challenge to new Congressional map

New map will take effect in May

HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) - Two strikes in one day.

An attempt by republican lawmakers to throw out a new congressional map has been dealt a major setback.

On February 19, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court released a new congressional district map.

On Monday, both a federal, three-judge panel in Harrisburg as well as the U.S. Supreme Court turned down a request to put the new map on hold.

The May 15 primary election is quickly approaching.

In fact, Tuesday is the deadline for candidates to get their petitions filed with signatures to get on the ballot.

Up until Monday afternoon, there was still a lot of uncertainty over whether the new map would stand.

The new map released last month by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court will be what congressional representatives will be running in for this year's election cycle.

Monday afternoon, republican lawmakers looking to stop the new map received a "double dose" of defeat.

First, a panel of three federal judges in Harrisburg issued an order refusing to stop the map from going into effect.

At least eight republican congressmen, including local representatives Lou Barletta, Tom Marino and Glenn Thompson were among those trying to stop it.

Governor Tom Wolf applauded the decision.

"I think in this case, the district court, the panel made the right decision and we're going to be able to move forward with a fairer map than the one we had before," Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf said.

About 90 minutes later, the U.S. Supreme Court dealt what could be a final blow to the republican lawmaker efforts.

The judges on the high court also refused to get involved.

The new map was created by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court after the judges ruled the old map was created to give republican candidates an unfair advantage.

Republicans have been fighting the new map because they believe it was created by partisan judges.

In response to Monday's news, republican PA House speaker Mike Turzai responded by saying, "We respect the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court and are prepared to move on to other issues of importance to the people of Pennsylvania."

 


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