Pennsylvania

Wolf rejects GOP map of US House districts as deadline nears

Governor says map 'too is a partisan gerrymander'

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf has rejected a Republican-drawn map of Pennsylvania's congressional districts to replace the GOP-drawn map struck down in a gerrymandering case, leaving him to make a different recommendation to the state's high court.

Wolf's move Tuesday comes six days before the Democratic-majority state Supreme Court said it will impose new boundaries for Pennsylvania's 18 congressional districts.

Wolf said the Republicans' latest plan still contains unconstitutionally partisan tactics that favor Republicans.

"The analysis by my team shows that, like the 2011 map, the map submitted to my office by Republican leaders is still a gerrymander," Wolf said. "Their map clearly seeks to benefit one political party, which is the essence of why the court found the current map to be unconstitutional."

Wolf hasn't released a proposed map, and justices could consider proposals from lawmakers and other parties to the gerrymandering case.

The court threw out Pennsylvania's GOP-drawn congressional map last month, saying it violated the state constitution.

A redrawn map of Pennsylvania districts could boost Democrats nationally in their quest to take control of the U.S. House.


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