Redistricting ruling could tilt Arizona House seats to GOP

By BOB CHRISTIE
Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona Democrats fear a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to throw out Arizona's voter-approved system for redrawing congressional district lines will tilt the state's delegation to the GOP.

The high court heard arguments Monday in a case challenging the legitimacy of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission that was brought by the Republican-controlled state Legislature. The court appeared inclined to side with the Legislature.

State Democratic Party Executive Director D.J. Quinlan expects the Legislature will redraw maps to give Republicans at least a 6-3 advantage if the high court sides with the GOP. They currently have a 5-4 advantage.

Republican Party Chairman Robert Graham says his party just wants fair district lines that reflect the GOP voter registration advantage.

A Supreme Court decision is expected by the end of June.

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