Texas primary date in doubt by redistricting saga

Associated Press

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - The fight over newly drawn political maps in Texas is shifting back to San Antonio to see if a statewide April 3 primary can be salvaged.

Both the state and minority groups suing over the Republican-drawn maps are due back Friday in a San Antonio federal courtroom. At issue again is when Texas will hold its primary after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling but the latest proposed date in doubt.

The uncertainty has revived the potential of a split primary, in which Texas would still hold its presidential primary as early as possible to maintain influence in the Republican nomination.

Elections officials, however, have warned that doing so would double the taxpayer costs.

The latest, most likely scenario is expected to become clearer during Friday's status conference.