AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Politicians across the state are announcing their candidacies and hiring campaign workers. But the battle over redistricting could again delay the March primaries and make life difficult for incumbents.
Lawyers working for Attorney General Greg Abbott and minority groups filed briefs with a San Antonio federal court that hint at a tough fight over the state's political maps.
Minority groups filed their lawsuit against in May 2011. Because the case was underway, three federal judges in San Antonio drew temporary legislative and congressional maps for the 2012 elections.
The protracted legal wrangling delayed the 2012 primary from March 6 to May 29.
The same could happen against as time is running out for the March 4, 2013 primary elections. A delayed primary could give upstarts more time to challenge incumbents.