Florida judge says he’ll block DeSantis’ congressional redistricting map

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A Florida circuit court judge said Wednesday that he will block part of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ proposed congressional redistricting map, agreeing with challengers who argued that it diminished Black voting power in the state. 

Judge Layne Smith said he would issue an order blocking the use of the redistricting map around Jacksonville while litigation on the map continues; the order will come as early as Thursday, the judge said, noting he expected the issue would be decided by a higher court on appeal.

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