NEW YORK (Reuters) — New York’s highest court on Wednesday ruled the state’s new congressional map was unconstitutionally designed to favor Democrats and ordered the lines redrawn, further lengthening Democrats’ odds of maintaining a fragile majority in November’s congressional elections.

Democrats had hoped the aggressive New York map would offset Republican gains in states such as Texas and Florida, where Republican-controlled legislatures approved their own partisan maps as part of the once-a-decade redistricting process that follows the decennial U.S. Census.

(Reporting by Joseph Ax. Editing by Chris Reese)

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