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Republican: Texas Could Have 2 Primary Votes

AUSTIN (AP) – Following arguments over redistricting before the U.S. Supreme Court, the chairman of the Republican Party of Texas says the state might be forced to hold two primary elections.

Steve Munisteri sent an e-mail Tuesday saying that time is running out to hold the presidential primary and party elections on the same day as the congressional and legislative primaries. The primary is scheduled for April 3.

If the Supreme Court doesn’t rule in time to have political maps in place by the end of January, there won’t be time to elect delegates to the state party conventions in June. That means one vote in April for races that do not involve districts, and another vote later for Congress and the Legislature.

There is no word on when the Supreme Court will rule.

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