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The risk of a delayed election poses more harm to the electorate than the 2001 maps, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. Judge R. Barclay Surrick denied the motions of Republican leadership, as well as representatives of a Latino group, asking that the existing Pa. House and Senate districts be thrown out.

“Under these unique circumstances, we are compelled to conclude that the election should proceed under the only existing plan, the 2001 Plan,” he wrote. “Granting a temporary restraining order at this stage will delay the primary election and potentially disenfranchise Pennsylvania voters.”

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