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Federal court delays Wisconsin redistricting trial

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s redistricting trial has been delayed by a federal court for at least three months.

A panel of judges ruled 2-1 late Wednesday in favor of a Republican motion to delay the start of the trial, originally scheduled for April, until after the U.S. Supreme Court could decide similar cases related to election maps from Maryland and North Carolina.

The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments in those cases in March and issue a ruling by June.

The majority wrote in the decision on Wednesday that holding a trial on the Wisconsin case before the Supreme Court had reached a decision in the other cases “would almost certainly lead to a significant waste of resources for the parties and the court.”

Democrats argue maps drawn in Wisconsin were gerrymandered to benefit Republicans. The panel on Wednesday also rejected a Republican request to dismiss the case .

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