Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has handed another catastrophic blow to Democrat’s midterm ambitions by embarrassing Obama ally Eric Holder.
The Florida legislature approved the Governor’s new congressional plan in April 2022, which redrew district lines.
Based on the most recent census and 2020 electoral data, the new map creates 20 Republican seats and eight Democratic seats.
“We are not going to have a 200-mile gerrymander that divvies up people based on the color of their skin. That is wrong. That’s not the way we’ve governed in the state of Florida. And obviously, that will be litigated,” said DeSantis said in response to the criticism of his map.
As soon as the bill was passed, a group led by former US Attorney General Eric Holder claimed that the map violated the Constitution of the State of Florida, and filed a lawsuit together with several other parties.
Initially, the courts determined that the map was unconstitutional and that it needed to be redone, but the verdict was overturned by Florida’s 1st District Court of Appeals.
Holder and other organizations filed an appeal with the Florida Supreme Court right away. To Democrats’ dismay, Florida’s top court stated on June 2 that it would not hear a challenge to the appeals court’s decision.
According to The Hill,
The Florida Supreme Court declined on Thursday to hear a challenge to the new congressional map crafted by Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) and approved by the GOP-controlled state legislature.
The court’s announcement means that the map, which heavily favors Republicans, will likely remain in place for the 2022 midterm elections.
In other places, like as Illinois, the victory erases the Democrats’ gerrymandering efforts.
The Florida map, as well as a poll showing a Republican leading in the Oregon governor’s race, is a very, very encouraging indication for conservatives. I think we have a lot to look forward to in November.