CHARLESTON, W.Va.—West Virginia officials want the U.S. Supreme Court to put a hold on the federal ruling that struck down the state's new congressional districts.
A Friday petition to the nation's high court argues that the justices would likely overturn the U.S. District Court ruling against West Virginia's redistricting plan.
U.S. House of Representatives seats are on the ballot this year.
The 2-1 ruling by the panel of federal judges concluded that the Legislature failed to draw sufficiently equal districts.
Senate President Jeff Kessler and House Speaker Rick Thompson argue that lawmakers can justify the redistricting map they passed.
Following the 2010 census, the Legislature merely moved Mason County from the 2nd Congressional District to the 3rd District.