Expert sees partisanship in Pennsylvania congressional maps

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A political scientist serving as an expert for voters challenging Pennsylvania's congressional districts has told a judge that partisan interests by Republicans appear to be the predominant factor in producing a map that has disproportionately favored GOP candidates.

University of Michigan professor Jowei Chen testified Monday as a Commonwealth Court hearing got underway over the 2011 maps.

Chen said none of the hundreds of computer simulations he's run has produced a map so favorable to Republicans.

In recent elections, Republicans have had a durable 13-5 advantage among the congressional delegation.

This week's hearing will create a record for the state Supreme Court to use in deciding the dispute.

The congressional district map violates the state constitution because it's too partisan, according to the lawsuit by a group of voters, including a man from Exeter Township, Berks County.

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