Judges Uphold New GOP-backed Redistricting Map - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/6/04

Judges Uphold New GOP-backed Redistricting Map

A three-judge federal panel Tuesday upheld the new GOP backed congressional redistricting plan for Texas. Now, Democrats plan to appeal to the US Supreme Court.

The ruling means Texas congressional candidates who filed for the March 9th primary using the old map will have to refile. Texas Secretary of State Geoff Connor says the supplemental filing period is January 11th through the 16th.

Texas currently has 16 Democrats and 16 Republicans in the U.S. House and according to GOP officials, the new map could lead to a 22-to-10 Republican advantage.

Republicans had pushed for a new map citing recent election gains, while Democrats claim the new congressional districts are unfair to minorities. In October, the Legislature approved the reworked boundaries after months of political fighting.

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