Florida Democrats Make Gains With Court-Approved Congressional Map

Brown, right, has threatened to challenge Florida's new map in the Supreme Court. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

By declaring finality in the legal fight over the Sunshine State's congressional map, the Florida Supreme Court’s decision added uncertainty to the political one in 2016.

The court on Wednesday approved a new map, writing in a 5-2 opinion that the lines “ should bring much needed finality ” to the redistricting drama that has plagued Florida for four years.

The new map, essentially a hybrid of two sets of district lines proposed to the court by the Florida Legislature and the League of Women Voters of Florida, will likely change the political prospects for lawmakers and the candidates hoping to win their seats in at least five of the state’s 27 districts.