Republican Governor Approves New Democrat-drawn Congressional Map

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has signed into law new congressional maps drawn by Democrats.

Background: Last week, senior Judge Lynne A. Battaglia of the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County recently decided to throw out the initial map proposal because it unfairly favored Democrats.

The map rejected in court would have created seven safe Democratic districts and one competitive district, cutting out the likely Republican seat.

The March 25 ruling said that the earlier map had “constitutional failings” and ignored requirements of focusing on “compactness” and keeping similar communities together.

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