Democrat-favoring redistricting likely to be challenged

Thursday, February 22, 2018
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

Pennsylvania congressional districts Feb2018A Pennsylvania pro-family activist says if allowed to let stand, a court-ordered congressional redistricting plan could have a major impact on the current Republican majority in Congress.

At the urging of President Trump, Republicans in The Keystone State have blasted a court decision imposing new congressional boundaries as a "power grab" by Democrats, and they have vowed to challenge the decision in federal court. The Democratic-controlled Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled 4-3 to impose the new map, which would likely give a huge boost to the Democrats. (Click on image above for enlarged view)

According to Diane Gramley with the American Family Association of Pennsylvania, the court's decision has already created a mess for candidates.

"We have candidates out there now in congressional districts that have been redrawn, and [if this map withstands any kind of challenge] they have been talking to voters who are no longer in their district," she tells OneNewsNow.

"So congressional candidates have been wasting money [and] they have been wasting time in talking to potential voters who are not going to be voters at all because they're in a different district. It's totally crazy."

Gramley cites one egregious example of the court order regarding newly created District 18, which includes Pittsburgh.

Gramley, Diane (AFA of Pennsylvania)"The new district brings the district further south into a more conservative area of Allegany County – and so those conservative voters are now lumped in with Congressman Michael Doyle, who is extremely liberal," she explains.

"So that's the major, major issue as far as consuming those conservative voters in what is the new Congressional District 18 into a much more liberal district, which includes the city of Pittsburgh."

The redrawn map could allow Democrats to pick up at least three seats. As ABC News explains, 13 of the districts in the previous map went to Donald Trump in November 2016, while just five went to Hillary Clinton. Ten of the districts in the new map were won by Trump, while eight went to Clinton.

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