The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday denied a request by Pennsylvania Republicans to delay redrawing the state's gerrymandered congressional map.
Last month, the state supreme court ruled that the partisan district map favored Republicans and violated the state's constitution and ordered Pennsylvania's GOP-controlled legislature to submit a new map by Feb. 9.
BREAKING: Supreme Court allows Pennsylvania congressional redistricting to proceed, denies Republican plea.— The Associated Press (@AP) February 5, 2018
Republicans argued that would not be enough time to redraw the map and asked the U.S. Supreme Court to delay the redrawing until after the 2018 midterm elections.
Last week, Republican State Sen. Joe Scarnati wrote a letter to the state Supreme Court calling the ruling unconstitutional.
"In light of the unconstitutionality of the court's orders and the court's plain intent to usurp the General Assembly's constitutionally delegated role of drafting Pennsylvania's congressional district plan, Senator Scarnati will not be turning over any data identified in the court's orders," wrote Brian Paszamant, Scarnati's attorney, according to CNN.
The new map could be a boon for Democrats hoping to regain control of the House of Representatives in 2018.
The U.S. Supreme Court is currently considering a similar case out of Wisconsin that could impact the way Congressional maps are drawn across the country.
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