Mississippi Republican Party asks Court to appoint special master and start drawing lines; Gov. Haley Barbour joins request

This isn’t really a surprise. The Republican strategy all along has been to get the courts to draw the lines. The Motion is based on Federal Rule of Evidence 706, and history suggests this motion will be granted. The question is whether or not the special master will draw the lines himself, as Republicans want, or whether he or she will merely evaluate plans the parties submit.