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BALTIMORE (AP) - Federal judges reviewing Maryland's congressional redistricting map say there is convincing evidence the state's Democratic leaders drew the districts to gain a seat for their party.

A three-judge panel heard arguments Friday as part of a lawsuit.

The panel was divided about whether the 2011 redistricting plan directly caused former Republican Rep. Roscoe Bartlett to lose his seat and whether the map should be changed.

Eastern Shore Republican Andy Harris said no to the legislation approved by the House last night to avoid – what has become known -- as the fiscal cliff.

The 1st District Congressman joined outgoing Maryland Republican Roscoe Bartlett from the 6th Congressional District with the state’s remaining Democratic members voting in favor of the measure.

In a statement, Harris said he disagreed with the ratio of tax increases to spending cuts adding that measure raised taxes by $40 for every $1 dollar in spending reductions.

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MD House Races

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Democrats are hoping to pick up a House seat in Tuesdays congressional elections.

Many analysts say western Maryland Republican Roscoe Bartlett is one of the most vulnerable incumbents in the nation after redistricting tilted his district in favor of the Democrats. Political newcomer John Delaney is seeking to unseat Bartlett, who was first elected to Congress since 1992. At age 86, Bartlett is the second oldest member of the House.