“There are certain things in life you can’t control, and one of them is what the Supreme Court is going to do,” said Frost, a Texas Democrat and redistricting expert.
“It’s too early to speculate on what may or may not happen to the map,” said Veasey, a former state legislator. “I want everybody to be treated fairly in this process. That’s what I’ve always been for.”
If the high court upholds Section 5, Democrats hope they can appeal the interim map. They want to create an additional majority-minority seat in the Dallas-Fort Worth region. That would mean the metroplex would host two black majority districts (one is represented by Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, a Democrat) and one Hispanic majority district.
Regardless of the high court, local lawmakers will probably pass the court-ordered interim map later this week. The state Senate passed the interim map last week, and an identical bill will move to the state House soon.
If the high court strikes down Section 5, Republicans anticipate the interim map will stay. The 33rd District would remain as currently drawn, and the region would likely host a Dallas versus Fort Worth rematch.
Republicans would prefer to keep the current Texas map in place, although operatives underscored the uncertainly of the litigious situation.
“The current prospects look good for the court-ordered map to be passed by the Legislature,” said Guy Harrison, a top GOP operative from Texas and former executive director of the National Republican Congressional Committee. “But this is the state Legislature, and anything can happen.”
In the meantime, Democrats continue to work under their current lines. Veasey, a former Frost staffer, eagerly ticked off his outreach to Dallas, including numerous appearances in the city and its suburbs. “It’s like any campaign,” Veasey said of his re-election. “You go out there and you fight hard and you do everything you can.”
On the flip side, Garcia’s strategy would be to organize and register Hispanics in Dallas. A wealthy attorney, Garcia self-funded much of his 2012 campaign. When asked how much money he was prepared to spend if he opted for another run, his answer was simple: “Whatever it takes,” Garcia said.