All five Democrats on the state Supreme Court said the map violated the state constitution
Updated 1:58 PM; Posted 1:29 PM
By Mark Scolforo, The Associated Press
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A panel of federal judges on Monday dismissed a legal challenge by Republican congressmen to a district map imposed last month by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
The decision does not end litigation over the matter, but it makes it much more likely that this year’s congressional elections in Pennsylvania will be conducted under district lines widely viewed as more favorable to Democrats than a 2011 map the state court threw out in January.
All five Democrats on the state Supreme Court said the map violated the state constitution, but one of the Democrats joined both Republicans in objecting to the majority’s determination to enact a new map for this year’s races.