REPORT: Two conservative Supreme Court justices hand win to Dems in gerrymandering case

The Supreme Court has ruled against the Virginia House of Delegates in a racial gerrymandering case that represents a victory for Democrats in the state.

In the 5-4 ruling, the justices found that the House didn’t have the standing to appeal a lower court ruling that found that the new district maps must be used ahead of statewide elections later this year. Those new maps are already in use.

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Democrats had claimed that previous districts were illegal because they featured too many black voters, diminishing their power across the state and in other districts.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote the majority opinion and was joined by Justices Clarence Thomas, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan and Neil Gorsuch.

Justices Samuel Alito, John Roberts, Stephen Breyer and Brett Kavanaugh dissented.

Former attorney general Eric Holder celebrated the ruling, tweeting, “Today’s ruling from the Supreme Court is an important victory for African Americans in Virginia who have been forced to vote in racially gerrymandered districts that kept rightful power away from them. Shameful. Fair elections will finally happen this fall for ALL Virginians.”

Attorney Marc Elias, a partner at the law firm Perkins Coie LLP, who served as the general counsel for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and is now the general counsel for Kamala Harris’s 2020 presidential campaign, celebrated the ruling as well.  Elias tweeted:

BREAKING: We just won our Virginia state House redistricting case in the US Supreme Court. Black voters will finally vote for state House Delegates under a fair map this Nov. The GOP’s racial gerrymander is in the ash heap of history. Thank you @RedistrictFdn for your support!

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