The battle over Texas' redistricting map is causing a lot of headaches for candidates. Many of those who have filed for a race aren't sure where the district they seek to represent will lie. The United States Supreme Court has agreed to take on the matter. In the mean time, candidates have their work cut out.
The Republican-controlled Texas State Legislature drew out a redistricting map over the summer. That was challenged in court. A federal judge re-drew the map. Now, that is being challenged in the Supreme Court.
The original map drew out 22 counties for House District 68. The second one changed the boundaries and extended over 16 counties. "We all changed our plans based on their map," said Paul Braswell. Braswell is a Forestburg rancher running in the GOP Primary for the seat.
Until the Supreme Court decides, he is left without many answers. "In effect I'm running in about 28 counties right now because we don't know for sure what the map going to look like when we get done … It costs more time, its going to require an additional investment but if you are trying to seek the approval and the support of people you don't want to ignore people," said the candidate.
The Court is going to hear arguments on the case on January 9th. From there, Braswell and other candidates expect to have answers. "My hope is that within 15 days we will know what their decision is and that will give us some more certainty in this," he said.