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Congressional map's foes receive skeptical hearing

Congressional map's foes receive skeptical hearing

Conservative activists received a frosty reception from a three-judge panel in Baltimore Tuesday as they sought to scrap Maryland's bitterly disputed congressional district map.

The federal judges peppered a lawyer for the challengers with skeptical questions as they considered a motion by the State Board of Elections to dismiss the lawsuit.

The panel did not rule on the motion but expressed doubts about the plaintiffs' constitutional assertions and their legal standing to bring the suit in the first place.

The plaintiffs — led by a trio of prominent Republicans — sued last year in the latest of several efforts to throw out the congressional map and force the...