On Monday, Texas GOPs proposed a new congressional map to strengthen their slipping dominance and bolster their nearly twenty-four United States House members while adding new districts in booming Houston and Austin. Unfortunately, North Texas didn’t get one of the two additional seats.
Texas was the big winner in the 2020 United States Census. Its increasing population, fueled by about 2M new Hispanic people, made it the only US State awarded two more congressional seats. So now, Texas state would have thirty-eight House members and forty electoral votes.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republicans propose new congressional maps that would fortify GOP advantages, put new seats in Austin, Houston.
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But Demos and minority rights accused Republican map-makers of casting aside those quickly shifting demographic inclinations that are menacing years of GOP dominance. For example, blacks make up for over nine of every ten new Texas people over the past years, but the new map decreases the Hispanic majority districts from 8 to 7.
New Map Bolsters GOP Positioning In Texas
On Monday, Texas legislators released their first draft of a new proposed congressional map that would generally protect officeholders while decreasing the number of districts in which Hispanic and Black residents make up the majority of eligible voters. The new proposed map decreases the number of districts dominated by Black even though Texas state gained two more congressional seats. However, the population of Black, Asian and Hispanic Texans surpassed white over the past ten years.
GOPs redrew the map with bearers’ protection in mind, a tactic that concentrated on strengthening susceptible Republican seats rather than forcefully adding more seats that could turn over from blue (Democratic) to red (Republican).
But, the congressional map does, in fact, bolster GOP positioning in Texas, going from twenty-two to 25 districts that voted for Mr. Biden would’ve shrunk by 1, from fourteen to thirteen.
Furthermore, Latino advocates and incumbents believed the numbers demanded one new Latino-majority seat in Texas, around Dallas; however, none was included in the GOP’s first pass. Instead, there’re boundary alterations for North Texas districts.
Under the new proposed map, Representative Jake Ellzey would add a piece of Dallas County. Moreover, districts for Reps. Marc Veasey and Colin Allred would remain in regions where voters have a past of supporting Demos.