Legislators Ponder Moving Primary Election - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/6/03

Legislators Ponder Moving Primary Election

The state's Republican leaders seem to have no qualms about taking Texas out of the "Super Tuesday" primary next year in order to incorporate still-developing changes in congressional lines onto the ballot. But as options narrow with each tick of the clock, some Republicans and Democrats in the Legislature say they aren't convinced that delaying the state's primary is in the best interest of Texas.

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As Republican House and Senate negotiators continue to toil over a district map that would put more GOP candidates in the Texas congressional delegation, time is running out for Republicans who want to ensure their map is reflected on the next election ballot.

Secretary of State, Geoff Connor, has said if a redistricting map wasn't in place by today, the Texas primary would have to be postponed.

The Legislature moved the Texas primary date from March 9th to March 2nd, or "Super Tuesday," last spring.

The move upgraded Texas' influence in the primary election season because the race for presidential nominations could be sealed on March 2nd.

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