The New York Court of Appeals on Wednesday voted 4-3 to toss out the state’s new congressional map, ruling that it is an unconstitutional attempt to elect more Democrats. 

The decision from the majority-Democratic-appointed court is a major blow to redistricting efforts in the state.

“The maps out of New York had emerged as a bright spot for Democrats, who sought to more aggressively push their political advantage in the state,” The Hill reported.

Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul in February approved the map that would have created 20 Democratic-leaning and just four Republican-leaning seats. Two seats were considered competitive but they still leaned left.

Chief Judge Janet DiFiore wrote for the majority that the new map is “substantively unconstitutional as drawn with impermissible partisan purpose.” The judge also rejected the argument that the new map should remain because the 2022 election cycle has already begun.

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