Supreme Court Kills GOP Appeal to Halt Swing State Redistricting

The Supreme Court on Monday denied a request from Pennsylvania state lawmakers to halt a redrawing of congressional districts for the 2018 primary and general elections. The state’s Supreme Court threw out the current map as unconstitutional because of partisan gerrymanders.

The high court’s ruling on Monday means Pennsylvania will have new congressional boundaries for the midterm elections. The primary is May 15.

Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr., issued the one-line announcement. Alito did not explain why he denied the request from state Republicans.

Plaintiffs in the redistricting case had been optimistic the U.S. Supreme Court would deny the request, since the state Supreme Court ruled the map violated the state — not the federal — constitution.

Read more at Roll Call.