Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis continues to deliver for residents of his state as well as the GOP in general.
On Friday, a federal appeals court reinstated a congressional map he drew up that eliminated a racially gerrymandered district and provided a boost for Republicans.
Florida’s Voice reports:
A lower court had previously granted a temporary injunction earlier this month to prevent the map from going into effect for the primary election. The judge said congressional map is likely unconstitutional because it “diminishes African Americans’ ability to elect the representative of their choice.”
However on Friday, the appeals court said based on preliminary review there is a “high likelihood” that the temporary injunction is “unlawful.” This means DeSantis’ map is in effect.
“We’re pleased with the First District Court of Appeal’s decision to reinstate the automatic stay. As the First District correctly noted, there is a high likelihood that the circuit court’s temporary injunction is unlawful,” DeSantis Press Secretary Christina Pushaw said.
The latest ruling comes as campaigns are ramping up as the Sunshine State’s primary election is right around the corner in August.
“To avoid uncertainty and confusion in the upcoming 2022 primary and general elections, it’s important to move forward expeditiously to implement the congressional map passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor,” Pushaw added.
The court’s order said “the stay of the temporary injunction is reinstated pending the court’s disposition of the motion for review of the trial court’s vacatur of the automatic stay, which will be promptly forthcoming.”
Florida’s Voice adds: “The map DeSantis signed eliminates two districts, District 5 and District 10, that are drawn in favor of a minority black population to elect a Democrat in their respective districts.”