2012-02-02 / Local & State

Ruling Adds Uncertainty To Pa. Primary Races

By MARK SCOLFORO
ASSOCIATED PRESS

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania state lawmakers, potential candidates and political strategists find themselves needing to adapt after a bombshell decision by the state Supreme Court that threw out the new map of legislative districts.

The state’s political class on Thursday was waiting for a full written opinion by the four-justice majority after the decision that came just as candidates were beginning to gather petition signatures to get on the April primary ballot.

The high court’s ruling raises the possibility that candidates will have to run in the same 50 Senate and 203 House districts that have been in force for the past decade.

It’s unclear whether the Legislative Reapportionment Commission will be able to come up with a new map that passes legal muster in time for this year’s election cycle.

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