Florida judge skeptical about changing congressional districts before this year's elections

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TALLAHASSEE, Florida — A Florida judge says he's "extremely skeptical" about changing the state's congressional districts before the 2014 elections.

Circuit Judge Terry Lewis held a three-hour hearing Thursday to consider what to do after he ruled that current districts are illegal because they were drawn to benefit the Republican Party.

Lewis said he will try to have a final ruling by the end of next week. But he signaled he is unlikely to go along with the groups that sued the Florida Legislature that want the districts changed now. They argued Lewis has the authority to postpone the Aug. 26 primary so that the changes can be made.

But attorneys for the Florida Legislature dispute that. State officials said it would create problems to move election dates.

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