Texas' 3-year-old redistricting fight is back in federal court Monday. The federal government and civil rights groups still argue the maps approved by the Republican-led state legislature in 2011 discriminate against minorities.
Court-drawn interim maps have been in use for three elections.
“Can you really make these changes, not only mid-decennial ten-year period, but toward the end of it?” asks Rice University sociologist Bob Stein. “Some judges might just simply say let's keep in place and see what happens in 2020.”
Stein says Democrats have little to gain at this point.
“Its unlikely that even if you redraw these districts as the Democrats wanted, you're going to unseat a significant number, if any Republicans,” he tells KTRH News.
There's also a challenge to the 2013 maps which virtually mirror the court-drawn maps of 2012.
“This litigation might end in just in time for beginning another round of redistricting mandated by the constitution,” says Stein. “It's likely that we'll keep the current plan and move forward, but there's no guarantee there either.”