The court’s decision means the map will almost certainly remain in place for the 2022 midterm elections despite criticism that it overly favors Republicans.

By declining to hear a challenge to Desantis’ map, Florida’s 1st District Court of Appeal will have the final say. The court previously tossed a circuit court decision to redraw the map, according to The Hill.

Several groups filed a lawsuit alleging the map violated the state’s Fair Districts amendment due to the redrawn 5th Congressional District, which is nearly 50% black residents but spread across a large, narrow strip and geographically divided at its center.

DeSantis alleged the district was a racial gerrymander in violation of the US Constitution when explaining his decision to divide it. He defends the new map as “race-neutral”.

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