By Jaime Metscher
The Texas Republican presidential primary is being moved back to May 29 due to redistricting.
Texas legislature draws the congressional district lines, in which new districts are currently being added. Due to difficulty receiving federal approval for the new redistricting map, the state primary can no longer be help on April 8, according to a New York times report.
Matthew Ray, senior political science major from The Woodlands, is an officer for the ACU College Republicans on campus.
“Texas falls under a law from 1965 that requires two different groups to review our redistricting in order to prevent outrageous gerrymandering,” Ray said.
Processing and reviewing these new redistricting by the court of appeals effects the Republican primary date in Texas.
“Texas now may have little to say about the candidate or a lot. If there is a clear front runner in the GOP, Texas will do little more than add more delegates in that candidates favor-If it is still a close race, Texas may be the photo finish that propels a candidate to victory,” Ray said.
Stewart McGregor, sophomore Christian ministry and political science major from Arlington and an officer for the ACU College Republicans, describes Texas as a winner-takes-all state.
“With Texas having one of the highest amounts of Republican delegates, this may only have a minor effect on the nomination process since it will take place in May. If it were to have been moved back to June, however, it probably will not have as much of an effect,” McGregor said.
Without a primary, Texans will have no influence in who the Republican presidential nominee will be.
“If it cannot be settled at all we will not have a primary and rumors have surfaced that all republican candidates will be on the ballot in November,” Ray said.