Texas Republicans have advanced new maps for political districts that could bolster the GOP’s dominance and reduce the number of competitive districts statewide. The maps, which incorporate the two additional seats gained by the House, were approved late on Monday night. It followed criticism from Democrats that the redrawn maps are discriminatory and reduce minority opportunity districts, although Republican state Rep. Todd Hunter has defended the changes and said they comply with the law. A negotiated final version of the congressional map was signed off by both the Senate and House on Monday, and it now heads to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk for his signature. The map was approved by the Senate on a 18–13 vote, followed by the House with an 84–59 vote. Abbott, a Republican, is expected to sign the maps into law. The Epoch Times has contacted his office for comment. The redrawn congressional districts would make …https://www.theepochtimes.com/c-us-politics

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