State Supreme Court Chooses New Congressional Map

On Wednesday, Feb. 23, Pennsylvania’s highest court chose a new congressional districting map. By a 4-3 vote, the commonwealth’s new 17-district map—one less district than the 2010 map due to the 2020 census results—largely sticks to current lines and is expected to provide for eight Republican-leaning districts, six Democratic-leaning districts and three districts that could be considered toss-ups. The map also pits two incumbents—U.S. Reps. Fred Keller and Glenn Thompson—against each other in central Pennsylvania. With the prolonged finalization process, the court decided to extend the petition-gathering schedule but keep the May 17 primary date.