The state Supreme Court’s order on Monday joins a string of court decisions that have struck down political maps for unduly favoring one political party. The court ordered that a new map be submitted to it by Feb. 15.
The decision makes it likely the 2018 elections will be held using districts favorable to Republicans, but it is not particularly telling as the court weighs partisan gerrymandering.
The finding could be good news for Republicans looking to the midterm elections, but less comfort for President Trump, who was given little credit.
The fight over President Trump’s vulgar comment is exposing divisions in both parties, raising the risk of a government shutdown with unknown political consequences.
The prospect of more states with less bipartisan representation is likely to increase the intense polarization in Congress.
Republicans are facing challenges in recruiting Senate candidates, even in states that President Trump won easily in 2016.