Buoyed by a significant victory in the Supreme Court on January 20, Texas officials were hopeful that they could craft a settlement to protracted litigation over their congressional and legislative redistricting map so that Texas could hold its primary as originally scheduled on Super Tuesday, March 6. But the cards still held by the objectors under the Voting Rights Act (VRA) were sufficient to prevent agreement, and so a federal court indicated last week that Texas would have to move its primary.
Texas would have been the most delegate-rich state in the Super Tuesday primary, with 155 GOP delegates. Instead, Texas voters will likely have to wait until at least May 29, when the Republican primary contest may be effectively decided. This is just one example of the mischief the VRA creates with its convoluted proscriptions that invite litigious rent-seeking.
As Anthony Peacock recently explained in this space, the VRA has two troublesome provisions that make redistricting a headache in a state like Texas.