The Texas congressional redistricting map is out and, as is always the case with these things, there are winners and losers. One big winner may be San Antonio — one of the largest and most Latino cities in the country — as a new proposed district will almost ensure a Latino from that city be elected to Congress. But, for the same reason, there will also be losers in this Latino-heavy state.
First, it’s important to note that a recent Census report found that 51 of 82 Latino-majority counties are in Texas. So when we start to consider congressional redistricting, which is based mostly on Census data (and a good dose of politicking, too), it becomes prudent to consider Texas not only as another state of the union, but rather, as an important seat for Latino power across the country.
That said, here are a few highlights as reported by the Houston Chronicle:
The Chronicle is also quick to point out that, while it may seem that the GOP-controlled Texas legislature “created” three new Latino districts, they did it while they also destroyed several that were already in existence. There’s no real change, despite the fact that Latinos accounted for a majority of the population growth that created the new seats in the first place.
What does happen with these new boundaries, however, is that it becomes obvious that Latino political power is a threat to the dominant Republicans in Texas, and so they are trying hard to clamp it down for the next 10 years. San Antonio’s new congressional district is huge for one of the biggest cities in the nation, and it’s likely that some big name politicos in that town — State Rep. Joaquín Castro or State Sen. Leticia Van De Putte — may just take a chance on running for Congress.
Look at the proposed map here, how do you think Latino voters make out?
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