Texas Republicans moved closer to new maps that would support their waning dominance
Texas Republicans on Saturday night moved closer to the redesigned US House maps. It would at least give some support to their waning authority, as voters may well appear to be moving away from the GOP in the burgeoning suburbs of Lone Star State.
Gave the Texas GOP some breathing space
In a key vote on Saturday night, Republicans gave early approval to congressional new borders that would provide them with much needed space. According to the Associated Press, this after some close recalls in 2018 and 2020, as they also open a new path for the GOP along the border with Mexico.
Democrats, on the other hand, criticized the cards for several hours, deeming them discriminatory, adding that it is as if the cards were blind to Texas’ growing Hispanic population. The majority of them reside in the Dallas and Houston area, where, according to maps designed by Republicans, there is no new neighborhood where Latinos are in the majority.
Republican State Representative Todd Hunter chaired the redesigned maps within the House of Texas, as he justified such adjustments by stating that the changes were in accordance with existing laws.
Despite the lengthy talks, the cards will still require final negotiations between the House and the Senate in the following days before being passed on to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R), who is expected to sign them.
Threat to the political influence of the Latin and black communities
In addition, it is believed that the redesigned Congressional Districts would make it easier for incumbent officials to have a tighter grip on their positions. Nonetheless, political experts have pointed out that these will also pose a threat to the political influence of the Latin and black communities, even if these voters propel the progress of the Lone Star State.
The new lines, which are the result of a ten-year redistribution process, have created a few new districts and made some less competitive for GOP lawmakers.
Texas was the only state to gain a few more seats in Congress after last year’s census for the uninitiated. It revealed that people of color made up more than nine of the state’s 10 new residents.
Race is an important factor in this regard, according to Democratic state representative Rafael Anchia, adding that it is not about partisanship but about race.