AUSTIN, Texas (AP) _ Incumbent politicians can breathe a little easier. Three federal judges have declared that they won't redraw the state's political maps or delay the 2014 primary elections.
The nightmare of new districts and a prolonged primary campaign haunted many Republican lawmakers. They were fearful they might lose their conservative majorities or face a tea party challenger. The San Antonio court's order allows them to move forward with certainty about which voters they'll need to mobilize on March 4.
A delayed primary cost many incumbents and front-runners their posts in 2012. New maps also could have diluted the Republican majority in the Legislature and Congress.
But a longer general election will give Democrats more time to challenge Republican control of the state next year.