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Wisconsin Assembly Democrats exiting redistricting lawsuit



MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Assembly Democrats are withdrawing from the federal lawsuit challenging Republican-drawn legislative districts.

The Democrats filed a motion last week in the case seeking to withdraw. That would leave a group of Democratic voters to continue the case, which is scheduled to go to trial as soon as July.

The attorney for Assembly Democrats, Lester Pines, tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in a story Tuesday that they are getting out of the case because others are well equipped to continue the lawsuit. Pines also says Assembly Democrats don’t have the money to continue the costly legal fight.

By dropping out now, Assembly Democrats won’t have to turn over documents or answer questions to support their claims that the GOP-drawn maps hurt Democrats’ ability to recruit candidates and raise money.