President Donald Trump renewed calls for the U.S. Supreme Court’s intervention Saturday after Pennsylvania’s highest judicial tribunal struck down the state’s congressional district map, finding it was unlawfully tailored to benefit Republicans.
The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania imposed a new statewide district map for the November 2018 elections, prompting GOP leaders to appeal to the high court with the president’s support.
“They’re doing a number with the congressional districts in your state,” Trump told a friendly audience in Pittsburg, Pa., Saturday night. “And hopefully the Supreme Court will take that case because this is horrible what they’ve done.”
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“They had state judges [who] are Democrats change your voting districts,” he added. “What kind of stuff is that?”
The seven members of the Pennsylvania state Supreme Court are elected. Democrats command a five to two majority on the panel.
Trump predicted it would be harder for Republicans to prevail under the new map. GOP incumbents currently hold 13 of the state’s 18 congressional seats. Projections suggest each party will win nine seats with the new lines.
The justices are unlikely to review the state court’s decision. Final briefs in the dispute were submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court on March 6, so a decision on the petition will likely come in the near future.
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