The Hispanic Institute

Court-Ordered Texas Congressional Remap Could Put State's Only Swing District in Play Again

-- by Jordan Rudner The Dallas Morning News:

In Texas, where almost all congressional districts are safely in the red or blue column, the 23rd District, stretching from El Paso to San Antonio, represents a rare swing seat.

When federal judges ruled last week that Republican state legislators had deliberately drawn congressional district lines to put minority voters at a disadvantage, they didn't specify what the next steps would be. But one thing is clear for GOP leaders: District 23 is where the stakes are highest.  

"That was a Latino-performing district," said Michael Li, a Texas redistricting expert at the Brennan Center for Justice. "As the Legislature redrew it, it doesn't seem to be an especially strong district for Latinos, and that could change again."

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