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U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown legal challenge to new districts halted

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U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown‘s attempt to get a federal court to stop Florida lawmakers from redrawing her congressional district has been stopped for now.

Lawyers on Monday withdrew the lawsuit that Brown was seeking to join. That means the Jacksonville Democrat will have to start over.

Brown and other black leaders in central Florida last week filed to intervene in an already existing lawsuit that challenged the current shape of her district on the grounds that it created “racial packing” by unnecessarily putting a large number of African American voters together in a district.

Brown wanted to use the lawsuit to stop the Florida Legislature from changing her district. Legislators are returning Monday to redraw most of the state’s 27 congressional districts.

An initial proposal would shift Brown’s district to an east-west configuration. Her district currently stretches from Jacksonville to Orlando.

Republished with permission of The Associated Press.

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Ryan Ray writes about campaigns and public policy in Tampa Bay and across the state. A contributor to FloridaPolitics.com and before that, The Florida Squeeze, he covers the Legislature as a member of the Florida Capitol Press Corps and has worked as a staffer on several campaigns. He can be reached at ryan@floridapolitics.com.

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