How Goes Texas, So Goes the House of Representatives

Breakdown of Vote in the Senate Race

The Supreme Court of the United States threw out the Texas redistricting map which could determine the ruling party of the House of Representatives for decades to come. The first map drawn up by Republicans favored their side. A federal judicial panel redrew the map after Democrats and minority groups in Texas complained.

Texas gains four new congressional seats this year because of the census and this ruling could give the Democrats control of the House. Texas is one of nine mostly Southern states covered by a provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act that requires places with a history of discrimination to show in advance that election-law changes would not hurt minorities.

Also at issue is what standards courts must use when evaluating voting boundaries. Read here: NY Times