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Florida judge to decide whether to delay new congressional districts until after election

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TALLAHASSEE, Florida — A Florida judge is being asked to decide when the state's congressional districts will be redrawn.

Circuit Judge Terry Lewis is holding a hearing Thursday to consider what steps to take since ruling that current districts are illegal because they were drawn to benefit the Republican Party.

Legislative leaders say they will redraw the districts, but they want to wait until after the 2014 elections.

A coalition of groups that sued the Florida Legislature wants the districts fixed now. They have asked Lewis to approve a new congressional map. The group also is suggesting postponing the Aug. 26 primary date so that the changes can be made.

Voters in 2010 passed the "Fair Districts" amendment that says legislators cannot draw up districts to favor incumbents or a political party.

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