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Like all Texans, U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Corpus Christi, doesn't know what will happen with redistricting.

"I have no idea what the districts are finally going to be," he said.

Hence, the reason the congressman visited Victoria on Tuesday -- he attended the Victoria Partnership meeting in which Victoria College laid out its long range planning, and he visited with community Republicans.

On redistricting, Farenthold said a worst case scenario would be his district drawn to represent part of Corpus Christi, Victoria and part of Harris County.

"That would give me a lot of new people. And an incumbent has limited time. I still have work to do in Washington, D.C."

The state's redrawn lines brings Farnethold's district 27 up to Victoria. But the federally redrawn lines would create an entirely new district: District 34, which would include Katy, Victoria and Corpus Christi.

Farenthold said a District 34 would be dominated by the Houston vote.

"I don't think it is in the best interest of the Coastal Bend," he said. "I do believe it is up to the state to draw the line."

Farenthold said he thinks the Voting Rights Act has been successful and that minority groups have been able to elect the candidates they want.

"I was in a Hispanic majority district," Farenthold said.

The primary? "I don't think we're going to make that April date," he said.

"June is what I've heard they are tinkering with."

Farenthold said having Texas' primary later takes away "our voice in determining the Republican nominee for president."

He said the earlier the primary, the more choice there is to choose who you want. Commenting on state redistricting, Farenthold said Victoria stands to have a great loss if Geanie Morrison's district is eliminated and Todd Hunter of Corpus Christi ends up running for the district.

"They are two good senior members. I'd want to keep both of those folks," he said.

He added that Hunter as calendars chairman is "probably the second most powerful person in the Texas House."