Florida Supreme Court’s decision leaves DeSantis congressional map in place

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The Florida Supreme Court declined on Thursday to hear a challenge to the new congressional map crafted by Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) and approved by the GOP-controlled state legislature.

The court’s announcement means that the map, which heavily favors Republicans, will likely remain in place for the 2022 midterm elections.

It also means that Florida’s 1st District Court of Appeal will have the final say on the map. That court previously threw out a circuit court decision to redraw the map.

The state Supreme Court’s announcement came in response to a lawsuit filed by several outside groups alleging that the map approved by the state legislature violated the state’s Fair Districts amendments by diminishing the ability of Black voters to elect a representative of their choice.

The lawsuit focused on the redrawn 5th Congressional District, which is currently represented by Rep. Al Lawson (D). It argues that under the new map, Black voters will face a harder time electing a congressman of their choice, even though nearly half of the district’s residents are Black.

Under the new map, Republicans stand to gain four new GOP-leaning seats, meaning that 20 of the state’s 28 dis…

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