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Kansas Supreme Court upholds Republican congressional map

Kansas’ highest court has upheld a Republican redistricting law that makes it harder for the only Democrat in the state’s congressional delegation to win reelection. The state Supreme Court on Wednesday refused for now to declare for the first time that the Kansas Constitution forbids overly partisan gerrymandering. Democrats argued that the map was drawn to help Republicans unseat Democratic U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids in the 3rd District in the Kansas City area, while Republicans called it a fair map. It split the Kansas City area between two districts and put the Democratic eastern Kansas college town of Lawrence in the 1st District with heavily Republican central and western Kansas.