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Senator Pileggi Says A Delayed Date May Be Needed For The Pennsylvania Primary

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(The Pennsylvania capitol, in Harrisburg.  File photo)

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By Tony Romeo

Philadelphia (CBS) – The majority leader of the Pennsylvania Senate says the April 24th primary may have to be delayed because of the chaos that’s resulted from the state Supreme Court’s decision to throw out the new map of state legislative districts.

A week and a half after it tossed the new map of state legislative districts; the state Supreme Court on Friday released its explanation for the decision, saying the new map unnecessarily splits political subdivisions.

The court has ruled that until a map it finds acceptable is ready, the districts drawn up a decade ago will remain in place. Hours after the court opinion was released, Chester Republican Dominic Pileggi, the Senate majority leader, said he was seeking a federal court injunction to block the use of the old map in the April 24th primary.

And Pileggi believes the whole mess may mean the Pennsylvania primary will have to be delayed.

“I think everybody who works in politics or follows politics in Pennsylvania is wondering if the primary should be moved,” says Pileggi’s spokesman, Erik Arneson.

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But Pileggi cannot say for now at what point delaying the primary might become a necessity.

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