The Kansas Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that the state’s GOP-led congressional map can stand.
The new redistricting will make it even more difficult for the state’s key congressional leader to win in the newly mapped district.
Rep. Sharice Davids, the sole Kansas Democrat in Congress, will have a harder time being re-elected under a new, Republican-drawn congressional map upheld by the Kansas Supreme Court.https://t.co/jnO6vmurCL
— KMUW (@KMUW) May 18, 2022
“The court’s opinion was two paragraphs long, saying only that the voters and voting rights group challenging the map “have not prevailed on their claims” that the map violated the state constitution and that a full opinion would come later,” Politico reported.
“The brief decision was written by Justice Caleb Stegall, who is seen as the most conservative of the court’s seven justices, five of whom were appointed by Democratic governors. During arguments from attorneys on Monday, he questioned whether anyone could clearly define improper partisan gerrymandering,” the report added.
The redistricting hits keep on coming for Democrats. The Kansas Supreme Court has upheld the congressional map drawn by the GOP-controlled legislature that makes Sharice Davids’ 3rd District more difficult for her. A lower court had struck down the map.https://t.co/9Mt0NjazHD
— Jacob Rubashkin (@JacobRubashkin) May 18, 2022
A lower court had struck down the map, but it appears that it will stand as the midterms near.
The new ruling is a win for conservatives in Kansas in a year when a red wave is already expected nationwide.