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Primary votes delayed but so is Romney train
by Chip Latcham
Feb 08, 2012 | 587 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Two weeks ago, it appeared as though Texas voters would be going to the polls on April 3, and Bee County’s Republicans would have a choice between Mitt Romney for president and, um, Mitt Romney.

But as they say in politics, two weeks (or is it days?) is an eternity.

Now, according to area newspaper reports, state officials have declared, “The April 3 primary date is dead. It’s not doable.”

Even April 17 is doubtful, they added, regarding an alternative date offered by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott.

On Monday, a court-imposed deadline to negotiate compromise interim redistricting maps passed without a deal between Democrats and Republicans.

The Texas redistricting battle is being closely monitored in Washington because changes to the map that make districts more favorable for Democrats could affect the balance of power in the U.S. House, according to AP reports.

Meanwhile, Texas is still without interim redistricting maps for the Texas House and Senate. Everything is on hold for this year’s primaries.

Fortunately, for those who want to affect the outcome of the GOP presidential race, on Tuesday night former Sen. Rick Santorum won caucuses and primaries in three states (Minnesota, Missouri and Colorado), extending the contest which was expected to be Romney’s coronation.

Perhaps if the Texas primaries are moved to May, or even June, the GOP nomination won’t be locked up, and casting a ballot a mere formality.

That’s not to say we would not prefer to have an earlier primary, but at least those who would like to see President Obama face a worthy, tested, conservative opponent should have at least two or three options.

– Chip Latcham
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