Pennsylvania Republicans Ask SCOTUS To Block New Congressional Map

Lucy Bush
February 23, 2018

The previous map split 28 counties into multiple districts. Scarnati and Turzai assert that the court's plan was created to fail.

The order called for congressional districts to be "composed of compact and contiguous territory; as almost equal in population as practicable; and which do not divide any county, city, incorporated town, borough, township, or ward, except where necessary to ensure equality of population".

Republican leaders at the State Capitol are continuing their fight against the new congressional map issued by the State Supreme Court this week. She lives in Chester County. Saccone could run in an adjacent, Republican-friendly district that's the descendant of the current 18th District. Eastern Erie County was added to the district, while Armstrong County and southern Clarion County were removed. "This will finally give any Democrat running in the general election a better chance to take the district".

The submitted maps varied significantly in terms of partisan advantage, though overall they all made districts more compact, and to varying degrees they divided fewer municipalities.

Saxonburg is in the 16th District, while Jefferson Township appears to be split between the 16th and 15th. That district now includes Armstrong and Clarion counties and stretches east to part of Centre County.

State Sen. Daylin Leach, D-Montgomery, who suspended his campaign for the 7th District in the wake of sexual harassment allegations is apparently planning a relaunch of his candidacy in the new 4th District, City & State Pa., a political website, reported Thursday.

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Rothfus, an attorney elected to Congress in 2012, will likely face a challenger this fall.

"This is a shameless attempt by Republicans to defend an unjust status quo that keeps themselves in power but deprives voters from having a meaningful choice in congressional elections", Holder said in a statement. "So there really is no basis for them to be going back into court challenging this new map".

Those were results that the challengers to the 2011 plan had partly relied on in claiming it was an invalid "partisan gerrymander" in violation of the state constitution's guarantee of "free and equal" elections.

"Our strategy has not changed", he said.

Ellwood City, which now falls under the leadership of Rothfus, will be placed in a new district, which will be represented by Congressman Mike Kelly.

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At a press conference, Toomey said it was "inevitable" that state lawmakers would consider impeachment over the redrawing of the state's new congressional maps, which he called a "power grab" by state Democrats. There can not be more than a 1 percent difference between districts, he said. More information on the committee can be found at

That's if the U.S. Supreme Court doesn't step in and create additional roadblocks. The first district - now held by Representative Bob Brady, no longer encompasses parts of Philadelphia.

But House Speaker Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny County, said there's reason to believe the U.S. Supreme Court might change its position and consider the matter this time. That map, drawn by what was at the time a state government led by a Republican governor and a Republican state legislature, was widely seen to favor the Republican Party.

Rothfus voiced his displeasure with who drew the maps, saying, "our Congressional lines should be drawn by Pennsylvanian's, not a Stanford University law professor based in California".

Saccone is facing Democrat Conor Lamb in the special election, which is taking place under the old map's boundaries.

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