Pennsylvania governor defends plan for election with new map

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 26, 2018 1:21 PM

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

(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania's governor and elections officials want the state's highest court to stand by its ruling establishing new congressional districts.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and two Department of State officials responded Monday to a request by Republican legislative leaders to put on hold the week-old district map.

The Wolf administration argues House Speaker Mike Turzai and Senate President Joe Scarnati's request offers nothing new and should be turned down.

Turzai and Scarnati have a similar request pending with the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Wolf administration says it's moving ahead with the new map for the May 15 primary.

The court filing says putting the new map on hold "would confuse, complicate and undermine those preparations."

Republicans have held a 13-5 majority in the state's congressional delegation since passing a 2011 map.

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