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USSupreme Court Denies Virginia GOP Bid to Halt Virginia Redistricting

15:40  09 january  2019
15:40  09 january  2019 Source:   usnews.com

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At stake is control of Virginia ’s House of Delegates. The GOP barely held onto its majority last year in the 100-seat In Virginia and other states, challengers have said Republicans have packed minorities into a small number of districts The lower court reconsidered and ordered the redistricting this year.

Virginia Speaker of the House Kirk Cox, who with other House Republicans made the request to the high court , told The Daily House Democratic spokeswoman Kathryn Gilley praised the Supreme Court ruling. “Despite House Republicans’ constant attempts to delay the redistricting and defend

Supreme Court Denies Virginia GOP Bid to Halt Virginia Redistricting© The Associated Press The Supreme Court denied a request from Virginia Republicans to delay the implementation of new electoral districts.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday denied a request from Virginia Republicans to block a federal court from approving new electoral boundaries.

Last summer, a federal judicial panel found that state lawmakers racially gerrymandered 11 House districts, concentrating black voters within certain boundaries. The court hired an outside expert to redraw the district map and wants to impose the new map at the end of March, according to The Richmond Times-Dispatch.

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Virginia Speaker of the House Kirk Cox, who with other House Republicans made the request to the high court , told The Daily House Democratic spokeswoman Kathryn Gilley praised the Supreme Court ruling. “Despite House Republicans’ constant attempts to delay the redistricting and defend

They argued that Virginia faces “electoral chaos” if candidates start running for Congress in the new districts but the Supreme Court later orders Virginia “A Senate run would give (Forbes) time to step away, re-group,” and enter the contest “from a positive position of having been redistricted (unfairly

In the meantime, the Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal of the lower court's ruling that the districts were gerrymandered. Republicans were hoping to put the redrawing effort on hold until that appeal is heard this spring. The party argued that redrawing the boundaries and then having the high court potentially reverse the lower court's decision and dismiss the case – along with the new maps – would be confusing for voters.

Tuesday's order was issued two days before the lower court will hold a hearing on the proposed legislative maps and means the court can go ahead with redrawing the districts.

"Obviously we hoped for a stay but the Court's decision was not unexpected because the burden for a stay is very high," Parker Slaybaugh, a spokesman for Virginia's Republican House Majority Leader Kirk Cox, told The Washington Post via email. "However, the Court will hear our argument on the merits this Spring and we are confident the map will be upheld."

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GOP leaders had asked for stay while high court considers appeal of gerrymandering case. In the meantime, House Speaker Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights) appealed the redistricting to the U.S. Supreme Control of Virginia ’s House of Delegates hangs in the balance with the redistricting .

Redistricting is the process by which new congressional and state legislative district boundaries are drawn. Each of Virginia 's 11 United States Representatives and 140 state legislators are elected from political divisions called districts.

A new map, which may be less favorable for the GOP, could have a significant impact on the elections. Republicans hold a two-seat majority in both the House of Delegates and the state Senate. All 140 seats in Virginia's General Assembly are up for election this year, and primaries are scheduled for June 11.

"SCOTUS's decision to allow the redistricting to move forward is a relief to all Virginian voters impacted by the racial gerrymandering," House Democratic caucus spokeswoman Kathryn Gilley told the Times-Dispatch. "Despite House Republicans' constant attempts to delay the redistricting and defend their unconstitutional districts, Virginians will be able to vote in constitutional elections in 2019."

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