PA. Supreme Court Rules State’s Congressional Map Unconstitutional

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It has ordered the state’s Democratic governor to redraw the map for the 2018 elections.

In a major win for Democrats, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Monday that the state must redraw its congressional map ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, saying the extreme gerrymandering is in violation of the state's constitution.

Republicans redrew the state’s map in 2011. The state’s general assembly must submit a new map to the governor for consideration by Feb. 9, according to the court order.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf then has until Feb. 15 to submit a plan to the court.

Wolf acknowledged the ruling Monday on social media, saying in a Facebook post,

I strongly believe that gerrymandering is wrong and consistently have stated that the current maps are unfair to Pennsylvanians. My administration is reviewing the order and we are assessing the executive branch's next steps in this process.

Prior to President Donald Trump's win in 2016, Pennsylvania had voted Democratic in every presidential election since 1992. As it stands now, the state has 13 Republicans and five Democrats in the House of Representatives.

The change will not effect the upcoming special election in District 18, where Trump recently paid a visit to boost the campaign of Republican candidate Rick Saccone.

The upcoming special election in March to replace Rep. Tim Murphy(R) will still take place under the previous congressional map, the court ruled.