Pennsylvania governor urges court to stick with new map

FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2015, file photo, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, center, accompanied by state House Minority Leader Rep. Frank Dermody, right, D-Allegheny, and state Rep. Joe Markosek, left, D-Allegheny, discuss state budget negotiations at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. It's deadline day in Pennsylvania's gerrymandering case for Democratic Gov. Wolf and others to submit maps of new congressional district boundaries that they want the state's Supreme Court to adopt. The midnight deadline Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, gives justices four more days to impose new boundaries, just three months before Pennsylvania's primary elections. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania’s governor and elections officials want the state’s highest court to stand by its ruling establishing new congressional districts.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and two Department of State officials responded Monday to a request by Republican legislative leaders to put on hold the week-old district map.

The Wolf administration argues House Speaker Mike Turzai and Senate President Joe Scarnati’s request offers nothing new and should be turned down.

Turzai and Scarnati have a similar request pending with the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Wolf administration says it’s moving ahead with the new map for the May 15 primary.

The court filing says putting the new map on hold “would confuse, complicate and undermine those preparations.”

Republicans have held a 13-5 majority in the state’s congressional delegation since passing a 2011 map.

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