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Gerrymandering Opponents Get Mixed Reception at Supreme Court

  • Swing justice doesn’t tip hand on bid to curb gerrymandering
  • Court considering whether Wisconsin map is too partisan
The U.S. Supreme Court building stands in Washington, D.C.
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Opponents of partisan gerrymandering got a mixed reception as they urged the U.S. Supreme Court to rule for the first time that voting maps can be so one-sided they violate the Constitution.

Justice Anthony Kennedy, the likely swing vote, suggested during an hourlong argument Tuesday that he was open to limiting gerrymandering on a Wisconsin map that has given Republicans a nearly unbreakable hold on the state Legislature.