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Pa. Supreme Court rules state's congressional districts are unconstitutional

| Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, 2:00 p.m.
Pennsylvania Supreme Court's chambers in the Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg Nov. 19, 2015.
Sean Stipp | Trib Total Media
Pennsylvania Supreme Court's chambers in the Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg Nov. 19, 2015.

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has struck down the boundaries of the state's 18 congressional districts, granting a major victory to plaintiffs who had contended that they were unconstitutionally gerrymandered to benefit Republicans.

The Democratic-controlled court issued the order Monday. It gives the Republican-controlled Legislature until Feb. 9 to pass a replacement and Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf until Feb. 15 to submit it to the court.

Otherwise, the justices say they will adopt a plan in an effort to keep the May 15 primary election on track.

The state's congressional delegation is controlled by Republicans, 13-5, even though registered Democratic voters outnumber registered Republicans.

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