The Only Exception

If there are changes to state’s map, Gallego likely to benefit.

Aug. 26, 2013, 7:26 a.m.

“If any­one stands to be­ne­fit from” the fight over Texas’s re­dis­trict­ing, which the Justice De­part­ment joined fully last week, it’s Rep. Pete Gal­lego (D). “Close ob­serv­ers of Texas polit­ics said they don’t ex­pect broad changes to be made to the state’s cur­rent con­gres­sion­al map as a res­ult of the law­suit joined by DOJ and, at most, Demo­crats might gain one or two of the state’s 36 House seats. But even mar­gin­al ad­just­ments to Gal­lego’s dis­trict could shore him up.” (Wash­ing­ton Post)

Po­ten­tially be­ne­fi­cial ac­tions to Gal­lego could in­clude an­oth­er delayed primary, which would give his op­pon­ent less time to get trac­tion for the gen­er­al elec­tion (though Gal­lego over­came that obstacle him­self in 2012.) At­tor­ney Gen­er­al Greg Ab­bott (R) pre­dicted the state’s 2014 elec­tions will hap­pen on time, with a caveat: “I fully ex­pect the elec­tions to con­tin­ue to take place on time, re­gard­less of which path­way this law­suit goes down … as­sum­ing that the courts don’t get caught up in leg­al wrangling.” (San Ant­o­nio Ex­press-News)
— Scott Bland