Governor focusing on court order for new map

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 22, 2018 11:32 AM

In this Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018 photo, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at his office in Harrisburg, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf says he's not focusing on Republican legislative leaders' request that the U.S. Supreme Court block a new state congressional district map viewed as favorable to Democrats.

The Republican presiding officers of the state House and the state Senate on Wednesday electronically filed an emergency request to stay a state Supreme Court order that redrew Pennsylvania's 18 congressional districts.

A spokesman for the Democratic governor says he's focused on making sure his Department of State is complying with the state court's order by updating its systems and helping candidates, county election officials and voters prepare for the primary election.

Democrats hope the new map will help them reclaim control of the U.S. House.

The Republicans' challenge adds uncertainty as candidates prepare to circulate nominating petitions to get their names on the May primary ballot.

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