The Latest: Republican leaders produce new congressional map

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) The Latest on Republican legislative leaders producing new proposed congressional district map (all times local):

7:50 p.m.

A map of Pennsylvania congressional districts drawn up by Republican legislative leaders is in the hands of the Democratic governor, who'll determine if he supports using it to replace the map thrown out last month.

The proposal released late Friday by House Speaker Mike Turzai and Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati splits far fewer municipalities and keeps nearly 70 percent of state residents in their old districts.

The plan is in response to an order by the state Supreme Court that gave the General Assembly three weeks to provide Wolf with a replacement.

Wolf says he'll review the proposed map. He has until Thursday to let the high court know if he supports it.

If not, the court says it will develop its own.

The GOP-drawn map passed in 2011 has been a political winner for Republicans, giving them a 13-5 advantage in three straight elections in a state with more registered Democrats than Republicans.

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5:20 p.m.

Republican leaders of the Pennsylvania Legislature say they've agreed to a proposed new map of congressional districts to replace one thrown out last month.

House Speaker Mike Turzai and Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati said in a statement Friday that their map "complies fully" with directions from the state Supreme Court.

The court declared the 2011 Republican-crafted map unconstitutional and directed the General Assembly to propose a new one and send it to Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf.

Turzai and Scarnati say they'll provide it to Wolf on Friday night.

Wolf has until Thursday to tell the court if he supports it.

If not, the court plans to develop its own map.

Democrats hope a new map will help them flip enough seats in Congress to retake the majority.

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12:10 a.m.

Pennsylvania lawmakers are approaching a court-imposed deadline to redraw the state's map of congressional districts that was thrown out on grounds it unfairly helped Republicans.

The state Supreme Court imposed a Friday deadline for the GOP-controlled Legislature to submit a proposed replacement to Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf.

Wolf will then have until Thursday to tell the justices if he supports it. If Wolf is on board, the new map will be enacted.

If not, the court plans to develop its own map.

The Democratic majority on the court says the 2011 map put Republican partisan advantage above traditional redistricting criteria, violating the state constitution's guarantee of free and equal elections.

Democrats hope a new map in Pennsylvania will help them flip enough seats in Congress to retake the majority.

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