Candidates Study New Texas Political Maps

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas politicians were closely studying new political maps issued by a federal court to decide whether their next move would be to run, drop out or sue.

A three-judge panel on Tuesday drafted the redistricting maps for the 2012 election following months of legal wrangling, setting the stage for the twice-delayed Texas primaries to finally be held May 29.

At stake is who will win four new seats that could alter the balance of power in the U.S. House and whether Republicans will retain a supermajority in the Texas House.

Democrats and some Hispanic groups said they thought the court's new maps were still unfair but stopped short of saying whether they would appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. Another appeal would put the May 29 primary date in jeopardy.