Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Here's what the new Pa. congressional map could look like

Here's what the new Pa. congressional map could look like

Now that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has thrown out the current congressional districts as unconstitutional, the Legislature, the governor and the court must now decide to implement a short-term fix or to establish a game-changing precedent.

Republicans now control 13 on the state's 18 congressional districts.

Drew Crompton, a senior Senate Republican aide involved in developing the map, said voter performance was not considered for any candidate. "We did not run that data".

Pennsylvania Republican leaders beat a midnight deadline and sent their plan for a new congressional district map to Gov. Tom Wolf on Friday.

The plaintiffs who won a 5-to-2 state Supreme Court decision last month throwing out the map said Saturday the Republican leaders' proposal divides populous southeastern counties for partisan gain.

The map by House Speaker Mike Turzai and Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati would reduce dozens of municipal or county divisions while keeping almost 70 percent of state residents in their existing districts.

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The new plan includes 15 split counties and 17 split municipalities, Scarnati said.

"The districts are compact". The map puts several cities that had been split into single districts, including Erie and Harrisburg. The districts comply with the Voting Rights Act. If not, the court has indicated it will develop its own map. Crompton said its size meant it may not be possible to split it fewer than three ways. Pennsylvania is a swing state in presidential elections and Democrats have a winning record in recent statewide elections, but Republicans hold firm majorities in both legislative chambers.

These districts were carved out on the congressional map after the 2010 census and approved by the general assembly.

The GOP-drawn map passed in 2011 has been a political victor for Republicans, giving them a 13-5 advantage in three straight elections in a state with more registered Democrats than Republicans.

The Republican-controlled Assembly was ordered by the court to submit a redistricting plan by February 9, and it gave Wolf - a Democrat - until February 15 to approve the plan. It gave the legislature until this past Friday to submit a new map and gave Governor Wolf until this Thursday to accept or reject it.

The 18th Congressional District seat has been vacant since Republican Tim Murphy resigned in October 2017.

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