The Guardian’s Sam Levine reports:
Texas lawmakers released their long-awaited proposed congressional map on Monday, a plan that would shore up Republican control of congressional seats across the state even as Democrats have made substantial gains in recent elections.
Although 95% of the population growth in Texas over the last decade was from voters of color, the new map does not create any new districts where Hispanics form a majority. Compared to the map currently in place, it creates an additional white-majority district and one less Hispani c-majority district, according to the Texas Tribune.
The map strengthens Republican control of the suburbs of several areas, some of the fastest growing areas in the state. Republicans are attempting to “pack” Democratic voters in those suburban areas into already-Democratic districts, and then attaching the suburban districts to more rural areas.
A good example of this is the 22nd congressional district, which is anchored in Fort Bend county, suburbs outside of Houston. Trump barely carried the district in 2020 by less than a percentage point. The new proposed 22nd congressional district carves out some of the most Democratic parts of the county and attaches them to already heavy Democratic districts in Houston. The new plan attaches two counties that overwhelmingly voted for Trump in 2020. If the 2020 election were held under the new lines, Trump would have won 58% of the vote, according to Planscore, a tool run by the Campaign Legal Center that analyzes maps.