New York High Court says Democrats were manipulated, throws a card

Albany, NY

New York’s highest court on Wednesday rejected new congressional maps that had been widely seen as favoring Democrats, largely agreeing with Republican voters who argued the district boundaries were unconstitutional.

The decision could delay the New York primary election by up to two months and is likely a hammer blow to the Democrats’ national redistricting hopes, which relied heavily on their ability to gerrymand New York State to maximize the number of seats they could win in the United States House of Representatives.

The state Court of Appeals said the Democratic-led legislature lacks the power to redraw the maps of the state’s Congress and Senate after an independent redistricting commission set up to draw up new new maps failed to reach consensus.

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