A judge in Florida says he will block Republicans’ new congressional map.

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MIAMI — A state judge in Florida said on Wednesday that an aggressively drawn congressional map adopted by Republicans was unconstitutional because it diminished Black voters’ electoral power.

After a hearing, Judge J. Layne Smith of the Leon County Circuit Court said from the bench that he would issue a formal order on Thursday or Friday blocking the map, which has been challenged by several voting rights groups.

The administration of Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, will appeal.

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