Judge rejects stepping aside from Florida congressional redistricting case

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TALLAHASSEE — The federal judge handling Florida’s congressional redistricting case said Wednesday that he will not step aside and recuse himself, even though he represented the state House of Representatives in the last redistricting cycle and worked to to oppose the state’s anti0gerrymandering provisions.

“This is a different case, featuring different issues, addressing a different map, in a different redistricting cycle — nearly a decade after I stopped working on redistricting matters,” Judge Allen Winsor wrote in a 13-page order in which he refused to remove himself from the case brought by Common Cause Florida, FairDistricts Now and five individual voters.

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