Texas Primary Date In Doubt After Deal Talks Stall

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A fight over redistricting maps has left Texas all but certain to have an even later say in choosing the Republican presidential nominee.

The Texas primaries had been scheduled for April 3. But a court-imposed deadline for the state and minority advocacy groups to compromise on temporary voting maps for the 2012 elections came and went Monday without a full deal.

That leaves the date of the Texas primaries in limbo. Republican and Democratic party leaders believe an April 17 primary is still possible if a San Antonio federal court works quickly.

The minority groups sued the state over the original maps drawn by the Republican-controlled Legislature. They want new maps that give minorities more voting power after a surge in the state's Hispanic population over the last decade.