Trump Urges Rs To Challenge New Pennsylvania Congressional Map

Saagar Enjeti White House Correspondent

President Donald Trump urged House Republicans to challenge a new Pennsylvania Congressional district affirmed by a January state Supreme court decision.

The new map changes the number of districts that were staunchly pro-Trump in 2016 from 12 to 10, setting up a perceived edge for the Democratic party in its hopes to retake the House of Representatives in the 2018 midterm elections.

“This is pretty close to a Democratic wet dream,” Republican Pennsylvania consultant Christopher Nicolas told Politico.

Republicans in the state have vowed to challenge the state Supreme court map in the court system.

Dave Wasserman of the Cook Political Report noted that the map is “actively helping Dems compensate for their natural geographic disadvantage in PA,” adding “Dems have a great shot to win 8-11 of PA’s 18 seats in November. Under a truly partisan-blind compact map, maybe 7-10. Under old GOP map, maybe 6-9.”

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