No immediate ruling in Mississippi redistricting case - - Jackson, MS

No immediate ruling in Mississippi redistricting case

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Three federal judges are not saying when they'll rule in a Mississippi redistricting case.

They heard testimony several hours Tuesday in a lawsuit that could lead to new maps for the 122-member state House and 52-member Senate. District lines need to be adjusted to reflect population changes each decade.

Lawmakers couldn't agree on maps during their three-month session that ended in early April. A lawsuit by the NAACP moved the matter into federal court.

The three federal judges said last month they were inclined to order the state to hold this year's elections with maps that were debated, but killed, during the legislative session.

Democrats argued Tuesday in favor of the judges' inclination, while Republicans argued the court should draw new maps.

Legislative candidates' qualifying deadline is June 1.

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