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Federal Judges Release New Texas Congressional Redistricting Maps

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SAN ANTONIO (AP) – A federal court in San Antonio has issued new congressional and state House maps in time for Texas to hold a May 29 primary.

The ruling by a three-judge panel Tuesday could clear the way for elections, if none of the nine groups contesting the state’s political districts files an appeal.

Time is running out for Texas to hold primaries, and the maps are intended to get Texas through the 2012 election cycle. Minority groups have accused the Republican-controlled Legislature of drawing maps that discriminated against them. The state’s leaders say the maps merely give Republicans an advantage in the next election.

The latest maps come after months or legal wrangling, including the U.S. Supreme Court throwing out the last set of maps the San Antonio judges drew.

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