Members of the House negotiating team still haven't responded to a congressional redistricting plan proposed Wednesday by Republican Senators Todd Staples of Palestine and Robert Duncan of Lubbock.
Their plan would create a district that includes the cities of Midland and Abilene and another district that would include San Angelo and Lubbock. The Senators say it's a plan that could resolve the dispute with the House over how to draw West Texas.
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Republican House Speaker Tom Craddick of Midland has been pushing for a district that would make his hometown the base for a congressional seat. The existing map has Lubbock and Midland together in a district represented by US Representative Randy Neugebauer, a rookie Republican from Lubbock.
Neugebauer's opponent, Michael Conaway, has already said he will run for the proposed Midland-based congressional district if Craddick wins his fight with Senate Republicans on how to draw West Texas. Sue Brannon, the Midland County Republican chair, said she knows of no Republicans who would challenge Conaway in a primary if the new district is created.
Wednesday was Governor Rick Perry's soft deadline to reach a compromise between the House and Senate plans.
GOP leaders say Texas' voting trends show the state should have more Republicans in Congress. Democrats currently hold a 17-to-15 advantage in the congressional delegation.