State Rep. Phil King, R-Weatherford, is running an uncontested race for state Senate District 10. 

State Sen. Beverly Powell, D-Burleson, who won the seat in 2018, ended her re-election bid in April 2022, saying that she could not in good conscience ask supporters to expend time and resources on an “unwinnable” district under the new map.

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She and other Tarrant County residents sued the state over the new boundaries drawn in 2021 as part of the redistricting process. They allege the new boundaries intentionally dilute the power of Black and Latino voters by adding seven rural counties to the district. 

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A panel of three federal judges declined to impose an injunction on the new map ahead of the March primaries, but the final outcome of the case is still pending.

Hearings were set to begin in late September, but were delayed in late August because of disagreements over what evidence can be included. 

Disputes over the district have been a point of contention for several years. In 2013 former state Sen. Wendy Davis won a similar lawsuit challenging the borders that state Republicans drew in 2011.

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