Florida Governor Ron DeSantis lost in court Wednesday as a judge ruled that his redistricting map is unconstitutional. The official order preventing the map from being used in upcoming elections is expected in coming days.
Ron DeSantis won’t be benefitting from the map that his state’s legislature passed earlier this year. 270ToWin reported in April, when the map made it through the legislature, that the redistricting, originating from the Governor’s own office, was “quite favorable” to Republicans, resulting in Democrats losing three districts, and Republicans gaining four (after one was added following the 2020 census).
The map also specifically eliminates a district that was shaped after 2016 court-ordered redistricting to ensure representation for Black voters.
However, as Florida heads into the November elections, with DeSantis seeking re-election, the new map won’t be a part of the proceedings. CBS Miami reports that Leon County Circuit Judge Layne Smith has declared the map unconstitutional over its removal of the aforementioned district, and he will formally issue his order on the matter on Thursday or Friday.
Axios quotes Judge Smith, who said “I am finding that the enacted map is unconstitutional under the Fair District amendment … because it diminishes African Americans’ ability to elect the representatives of their choice.”
DeSantis has made himself a particularly controversial figure heading into this election, making headlines for banning math books, attacking the LGBTQ community through new rules about how school staff can acknowledge the existence of gender and sexuality, and even picking fights with Disney.
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