Kennedy vote seems key to Supreme Court redistricting cases

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Posted: Dec 05, 2016 12:39 PM
Kennedy vote seems key to Supreme Court redistricting cases

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Anthony Kennedy appears to hold the decisive vote in two Supreme Court cases involving challenges from African-American voters to electoral districts in North Carolina and Virginia.

The court's liberal and conservative justices seemed otherwise divided after arguments Monday about whether race played too large a role in creation of congressional districts in North Carolina and state legislative districts in Virginia.

Kennedy said he had problems with that lower court's reasoning in upholding 12 districts in Virginia, suggesting there could be a majority for throwing out that decision.

He had less to say about the two North Carolina congressional districts, which were struck down by a lower court.