House approves Ohio’s contested congressional district map

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Courtesy: Sen. Michael Rulli and Centers for Common Cause via WKBN

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s new congressional district map has cleared the Republican-controlled state Legislature at a breakneck pace. The plan heads next to GOP Gov. Mike DeWine, who is under pressure to veto it.

The map’s latest iteration emerged late Monday and passed through two committees and two chambers in less than three days.

Lacking Democratic support, it is on track to last only four of the 10 years until the next census, the results of which trigger the once-per-decade map-drawing process. Republicans call it competitive, constitutional and not unduly favorable to either party.

Democrats, voting-rights groups and scholars say the map is gerrymandered.

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