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Pennsylvania Supreme Court throws out state’s congressional map

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser / Axios 

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled on Monday that the state's 18 congressional district lines violate the state constitution and ordered a new map ahead of this year midterm elections. The plaintiffs had argued that Republicans drew it in their favor.

The details: The Supreme Court ordered the Republican-controlled state legislature to draw the new congressional map by February 9 and for Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf to submit it to the court by February 15 . The Democratic-controlled court also ruled that the special election in March to replace Republican Rep. Tim Murphy will still take place under the current congressional map. The GOP has a 13-5 seat advantage in the state's U.S. House delegation.

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