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Texas State Senator Wendy Davis. (Photo credit wendydavisforsenate.com)

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A single state Senate district is taking the spotlight in the ongoing Texas redistricting clash that has reached even the U.S. Supreme Court.

A new federal trial begins Wednesday over a lawsuit filed by state Sen. Wendy Davis. The Fort Worth Democrat is fighting to keep her district after the Republican-controlled Legislature drew a new political map that all but assures her defeat to a GOP candidate.

Davis claims her district was redrawn to intentionally dilute the voting power of minorities. Her case is a spinoff of the larger redistricting lawsuit that has put the date of the Texas primaries in limbo.

Texas is scheduled to hold its primary elections April 3. But with still no voting maps in place, the primaries will almost certainly be rescheduled.

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