Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has thrown out interim political maps drawn Texans will have to wait a little longer to vote in their party primaries.
And that makes incumbents nervous as they watch their advantages slip away. The Supreme Court ruling makes an April 3 primary vote unlikely, even after delaying the primary election from March 6.
It all depends on when a federal court in San Antonio will come up with new maps for congressional and legislative districts.
The delay and uncertainty hurts incumbents because their biggest advantage is name recognition and fund raising. The longer the primary race, the more time challengers have a chance to campaign and raise money.
The delay could also mean lower turnout, and that favors party activists and the candidates they support.
Published at 4:19 PM CST on Jan 22, 2012 | Updated at 9:12 PM CST on Jan 22, 2012