The 2020 election could be decided by one question.
This question is before the Supreme Court at this very moment.
And the Justices are being asked to make a decision that could send Nancy Pelosi into retirement.
Recently, three judge panels in Ohio and Michigan struck down those states’ congressional maps as drawn unfairly to benefit Republicans.
Judges ordered new maps to be drawn up by this summer which would hand Democrats favorable congressional maps heading in to the 2020 election.
But Ohio and Michigan appealed to the Supreme Court asking them to temporarily stay those rulings because the Supreme Court heard arguments on a case that could restrict the rights of federal courts to interfere in drawing legislative maps.
Ohio and Michigan argued the rulings ordering them to redraw their maps should be put on hold until the Supreme Court weighs in on the partisan gerrymandering case involving Maryland and North Carolina.
The Daily Caller reports:
Both applications were presented to Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who reviews emergency applications arising from the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which covers Michigan and Ohio. Sotomayor may ask both sides to submit further briefs, refer the matters to the full Court for consideration, or both.
The applications come as the Supreme Court is considering related challenges from Maryland and North Carolina, which ask whether and how federal courts should police partisan gerrymandering. Decisions in those cases will bear directly on the Michigan and Ohio disputes, since all four matters present similar issues.
In the Ohio case, the lower court ordered the state to produce a new map by June 14. There is a good chance the Maryland and North Carolina disputes will not be decided at that time. Ohio Republicans said that could cause ordinary people to conclude that the lower court is trying to impose a new map on the state before the Supreme Court has any chance at getting involved.
If the Supreme Court stays this ruling and then decides in the North Carolina and Maryland cases that courts should not meddle in drawing legislative maps, then it could make it easier for Republicans to retake the House of Representatives.
If that happens, many political experts believe Nancy Pelosi could head off into retirement.
We will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.