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Between the Lines: Chandler Vulnerable as Map Impasse Ensues

State Rep. Marc Veasey (D) announced he'd run in the Fort Worth-area seat drawn by the San Antonio court a district later rejected by the Supreme Court. He raised just $46,000 in the quarter.

Former Rep. Ciro Rodriguez (D), whose preferred district is also in flux, raised only $78,000 in the fourth quarter including a $50,000 loan from his own wallet.

At least two incumbents were outraised by their primary opponents. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson's (D) primary challenger, Taj Clayton, raised more than twice her haul.

Across the state, Rep. Silvestre Reyes' (D) primary opponent also raised more cash than the Congressman did. Former El Paso City Councilmember Beto O'Rourke raised $222,000, while Reyes raised $180,000.

Arizona: Republican Drafts New Map for Special Ballot

At least one Republican is pressing on with the fight against the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission's map.

State Speaker Andy Tobin (R) has been secretly drafting an alternative redistricting map, according to the Arizona Capitol Times.

The Times reported that only a single House staffer knew about the effort. Even Gov. Jan Brewer (R) and state Senate President Steve Pierce (R) were in the dark about Tobin's efforts.

The map would have to be submitted as a referendum in a special election. According to a member of Tobin's staff, the special election could occur in May but that date is "not solidified."

The Times reports the cost of a special election could be $8.3 million.

Republicans were enraged with the map the independent commission produced last fall. Despite GOP control of the governorship and Legislature, the AIRC map allows for Democratic gains within the state's House delegation.

The current AIRC map is awaiting Justice Department approval.

Virginia: GOP Officials Suggest New Primary Date

The Congressional redistricting process appeared completed last week, but it now might be far from over.

A top state GOP official proposed moving the primary back two months as a result of continuing legal challenges to the new map.

On Tuesday, the Virginia Supreme Court denied the state's challenge to a recent court ruling that allowed a lawsuit contesting the General Assembly's authority to draw new Congressional lines to move forward.

Last week, Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) signed the GOP-controlled Legislature's redistricting plan, and the Circuit Court of the City of Richmond refused to dismiss a challenge arguing that the state Constitution mandates the Legislature complete the decennial redistricting process in 2011.

In a statement, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli said the state will "continue to seek to protect" the map signed by McDonnell. He also said the state's Congressional primaries, currently scheduled for June 12, should now be moved to August given this delay in the process.

"If this is not done, Congressional primaries currently scheduled for June may be disrupted if the new district lines are not approved by the federal government within the short time frame remaining," Cuccinelli said.

The map, as passed by the General Assembly and signed by the governor, gives Republicans a strong opportunity to hold their current 8-3 majority in the Congressional delegation, with one majority-minority district. State Senate Democrats have argued that there should be a second minority-influenced district given the state's 20 percent African-American population.

The map still must receive preclearance from the Justice Department or a federal court to comply with the Voting Rights Act.

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