MYRTLE BEACH, SC - JANUARY 16: Republican presidential candidates (L-R) Texas Gov. Rick Perry, for U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, for U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich and U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) pose for a photos before participating in a Fox News, Wall Street Journal sponsored debate at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center on January 16, 2012 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Voters in South Carolina will head to the polls on January 21 to vote in the Republican primary election to pick their choice for U.S. presidential candidate. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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.