A panel of three federal judges in Washington, D.C., threw out the congressional redistricting map passed by Texas' Republican-dominated legislature after the 2010 Census. The judges ruled that the new districts undercut the Latino population mainly responsible for the state's population growth — and new congressional districts — and removed the "economic guts" of districts currently held by black lawmakers. "The only explanation Texas offers for this pattern is 'coincidence,'" said U.S. Circuit Judge Thomas Griffith. "If this was coincidence, it was a striking one indeed." Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said the state would appeal the decision to the Supreme Court. This year's elections probably won't be affected by the ruling.
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