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Pennsylvania GOP May Ditch The Idea Of A Delayed April Primary

members of Legislative Reapportionment Commission confer in Harrisburg. (credit: Tony Romeo)

members of Legislative Reapportionment Commission confer in Harrisburg. (credit: Tony Romeo)

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By Tony Romeo

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) - It appears that Republican leaders of the GOP-controlled state Senate are abandoning the idea of delaying the April 24th Pennsylvania primary as wrangling continues over the shape of new state House and Senate districts.

The state Supreme Court tossed out the new map of state House and Senate districts and on Wednesday, the Legislative Reapportionment Commission postponed action on a revised map.

Once the commission takes a preliminary vote, it must allow time for comment and the Supreme Court will again have to consider the plan. Chester Republican Dominic Pileggi, the Senate majority leader, says all that means unless there’s court action, it’s increasingly likely the April 24th primary will be held as scheduled with the 2001 legislative map.

“I do not think, at this point, that it’s going to be practical to move legislation to extend the primary date.”

A spokesman for House Republican leaders, however, says they have not abandoned the idea of a delayed primary.

On Tuesday, the House speaker also raised the possibility that the April primary could be held with old districts and another primary held later under a new map.