Lawsuits over Texas' political maps could throw a wrench in next year's primary cycle.
Once Gov. Abbott signs off on the maps, a pre-approved primary calendar kicks in.
"Candidates have 30 days to file ending December 13, so if litigation doesn't change those deadlines, we'll know by mid-December who all the candidates are," says Paul Simpson, former chairman of the Harris County Republican Party.
But Paul Simpson warns the legal battle is just getting started.
"That litigation can take years, it just depends on how it goes forward," he says. "Of course they sue over every map. So you have a whole bunch of different maps for state representative, state senator, Congress and so forth."
"All those maps can be subject to litigation."
Similar challenges were filed 10 years ago.
"There was so much litigation back-and-forth to the U.S. Supreme Court and back that ended up not having our March primary until May," says Simpson.
"The runoff that normally would happen in May happened in July. Things got moved around a lot, kind of the way they did with COVID."