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Posted: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 10:10 pm

A deeply divided Supreme Court threw out the most powerful part of the landmark Voting Rights Act on Tuesday in a decision that drew cheers from Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and others in the South, jeers from the White House and mostly shrugs across the region.

The 5-4 ruling is expected to halt nearly 50 years of intense federal oversight mostly in the South requiring some states, including Virginia, and localities to get federal approval before changing the way they hold elections.

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