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Supreme Court sidesteps definitive ruling in Maryland congressional redistricting case

Supreme Court sidesteps definitive ruling in Maryland congressional redistricting case

The Supreme Court on Monday declined a request by Republican voters in Maryland’s 6th Congressional District to reject a district map they said was unfairly crafted to benefit Democrats.

The high court also ruled against a challenge to a map in Wisconsin that had been contested by Democrats.

The court’s rulings on technical grounds did not address the larger question in both cases: Just how far may mapmakers of either party go in pursuit of political advantage?

To government watchdog groups, Maryland’s meandering 6th District is an example of how one state party — in this case, Democrats — used redistricting to its advantage by...

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