Democrats said the Justice Department's decision was not unexpected.
But in a further blow to Democrats, a circuit court rejected their request for the map to be invalidated on constitutional grounds. "Fair Districts" amendments to Florida's Constitution prohibit maps from favoring certain political parties — a requirement Democrats said the new map violated.
Democrats could still challenge the court's decision, but the state party said Monday it was still determining the next course of action.
"Last fall, Florida voters overwhelmingly demanded an end to partisan gerrymandering and incumbent protection," Florida Democratic Party Executive Director Scott Arceneaux said in a statement. "We remain concerned about elements of the map and we will continue to evaluate our legal options moving forward."