Republicans Score in New York and Florida: Ballots & Boundaries

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Any hope Democrats had of limiting Republican gains in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2022 through redistricting were all but dashed with the Florida Legislature’s approval of the map made to order for Gov. Ron DeSantis. 

That alone would have made yesterday a big redistricting day for Republicans. Then New York piled on.

A panel of five mid-level appellate judges ruled 3-2 that the Democrats in charge in Albany engaged in unconstitutional gerrymandering. If that ruling’s upheld by New York’s highest court, those new congressional district boundaries with their pro-D tilt won’t be used in November.

That’s especially noteworthy because in some states, courts are allowing maps of questionable constitutionality to be used in this cycle to avoid disrupting election processes while litigation continues.

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