Harrisburg, PA – Lawmakers are still analyzing what the new congressional district lines will mean for each party.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court released the new map yesterday, replacing the older map from 2012, which officials say was “gerrymandering” and had favored Republicans.
This new map could mean big news in a state where Republicans held 12 House seats in comparison to the Democrats’ 5 seats. The changes seem certain to tip the map at least slightly more towards the Democrats direction.
The biggest changes affect the Philadelphia region more so than our area of the state. Three Republican-held seats (Ryan Costello, Brian Fitzpatrick, and Pat Meehan) could lose their positions.
The new congressional district map is in place ahead of the May primary election. However, Congressmen will now have to shift their focus to new areas of the state. Republicans in the Pennsylvania legislature have said they intend to challenge the new maps in federal court.
The Supreme Court previously refused to hear a challenge to the state high court’s ruling that the previous maps were gerrymandered in a way that violated the Pennsylvania Constitution.
Above: Pennsylvania’s old congressional district map from 2012.
Below: The new congressional district map that the PA Supreme Court released for 2018.
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