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Proposed Pennsylvania congressional map puts two Dems in same Pittsburgh district

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Conor Lamb, the Democratic candidate for the March 13 special election in Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District, was just drawn out of that district by Republican leaders in the state legislature. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

MT. LEBANON, Pa. — It’s a good thing candidates running for Congress don’t have to live in the congressional district they want to run in — in particular Conor Lamb, the Democrat looking to turn a reliable Republican House seat blue. Lamb was just drawn out of the seat he is seeking in the Pennsylvania March special election race in the 18th Congressional District.

At least for the moment.

Pennsylvania state Republican leadership, under orders from the state Supreme Court to redraw all 18 of Pennsylvania’s House seats and then have it pass the state legislature and then signed by the governor, unveiled a new map that places Lamb’s hometown, Mt. Lebanon, into the 14th Congressional District, currently represented by Democrat Mike Doyle, who hails from an eastern suburb of Pittsburgh.

Mt. Lebanon is a municipality Doyle has represented before he was drawn out of his 18th Congressional District in 2002 and into the 14th Congressional District, where he ran and won.

The new map, which would take effect in this November's elections, has to be signed by Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, who has veto power. If an impasse occurs the Democrat-majority state Supreme Court will then draw the congressional seats.

The Republican leadership has indicated it may bring both the House and Senate back to Harrisburg, the state capitol, to vote on a map, those actions are dependent on Wolf’s reaction to the new map.

Lamb’s opponent, Rick Saccone, a current state representative, said he would not participate in that vote, his hometown, Elizabeth, which is 17 miles south of Mt. Lebanon, would not be drawn out of the district.

Salena Zito is a columnist for the Washington Examiner.