by Associated Press
6:53 PM CDT, June 8, 2012
(AP) - Kansas lawmakers are scrambling to adjust to a new political landscape after a panel of federal judges redrew the district maps for the Legislature, congressional districts and the State Board of Education.
The new maps that were released late Thursday create four open seats in the 40-member state Senate and 25 open seats in the 125-member Kansas House. The redistricting also pits numerous legislative incumbents against each other in this year's elections.
The deadline for candidates to file for the August primaries is noon Monday. The redistricting means Democratic and Republican party officials will face a busy weekend trying to find candidates for the open seats in the Legislature.
Lawmakers say they're not sure if the political chaos is most likely to help Democrats, moderate Republicans or GOP conservatives.
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