Day after NC map rejected, judges rule Pennsylvania can keep congressional map

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A federal judicial panel has ruled that Pennsylvania can keep its congressional map, turning back an argument from a group of Democratic voters who contended that it should be thrown out because the state lawmakers who created the map in 2011 gerrymandered it to help Republicans.

Wednesday’s decision comes a day after a court threw out North Carolina’s congressional map, finding it went too far to help Republicans.

In the 2-1 ruling on Pennsylvania’s case, a judge found that the U.S. Supreme Court has rejected the idea that district maps should be blind to party considerations.

An appeal would go directly to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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