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Democrats have a new reason to be optimistic about their chances of taking over the House of Representatives later this year. The United States Supreme Court has refused to halt a lower court ruling that requires Pennsylvania to redraw its congressional districts, which the court determined were drawn in a partisan way to help Republicans. Justice Samuel Alito, a George W. Bush appointee, issued the order.

In their initial ruling, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court noted that Republican-favored gerrymandering "clearly, plainly and palpably violates the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania."

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