Sometimes one little change can make all the difference. A panel of three federal judges on Friday may have just sealed Rick Perry‘s fate. That’s because the Republican Governor and presidential hopeful was hoping to take his Texas primary victory on March 6 to Super Tuesday. Now, if they move the Texas primary to April 3rd, he won’t have the momentum and surge he was looking for.
Reason for Change
The change is due to a number of legal challenges that are tying up the state legislative and congressional redistricting maps. New districts have been drawn up by the Republican majority in the legislature, but minority groups are yelling that these district lines dilute the voting strength of the Latino population.
As a result of the legal challenges, the candidates really don’t now where their district boundaries are, and an early March primary would be impractical.
As Texas Democratic Party Chairman Boyd Richie said,
“We are glad to have worked out an agreement which we feel works best for Texans. Given the less than ideal circumstances, we think that this election schedule is a workable solution that will create the least confusion for the voters.”
Republican Chairman Steve Munisteri agreed as he said,
“We are hopeful that with both a timely ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court and subsequent finalized maps, that this agreement not only preserves the original structure of a unified primary, but provides us enough time to accomplish it in a fair and orderly fashion.”
With Democrats and Republicans agreeing, perhaps it is only Rick Perry who is losing out in this situation.