The lines are redrawn.
The Texas GOP voted on a redrawn map for the state's U.S. House districts on Saturday. The redrawn congressional districts would make it easier for many current Republicans to hold their seats and would also open a new path for Texas Republicans along the Mexican border, according to the Associated Press.
The redrawn map was slammed by Democrats, who claimed it was discriminatory toward black and Hispanic voters.
Hispanics alone have made up more than half of the nearly 4 million new Texas residents over the past decade, the outlet reported.
“Race is clearly the factor here,” Democratic state Rep. Rafael Anchia told the outlet. “Not partisanship, but rather race.”
The new lines create two new districts in the state and make many less competitive for Republicans. Texas Rep. Todd Hunter presided over the redrawn maps in the House.
Hunter, a Republican, defended the changes to the districts, saying they comply with the law, according to the outlet.
The redrawn maps have yet to be approved and will need to undergo final negotiations between the House and Senate before being sent to Gov. Greg Abbott, who is expected to sign them.
Rep. Todd Hunter did not immediately respond to the Washington Examiner's request for comment.
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Original Author: Asher Notheis
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