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01/06/04 - Austin, Texas

Federal Judges Uphold GOP-drawn Congressional Map for Texas

A federal court has backed a Republican congressional redistricting plan for Texas.

Democrats have been fighting to stop the implementation of the map passed by the state's legislature after months of turmoil, including a Democrat walkout.

The three-judge panel's decision follows a December trial.

The map could put as many as seven additional Republicans in the state's congressional delegation. Democrats now hold a 17-to-15 seat advantage in Texas.

Republicans hold every statewide office in Texas and control the state House and Senate.

The court rejected minority and Democratic arguments that minority voting strength was weakened in several districts.

Judges ruled the plaintiffs failed to prove the plan violates the Constitution or the Voting Rights Act, which protects minority voters.

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