The following column was first published in The Texas Tribune, and is republished according to The Texas Tribune’s republishing guidelines.

Districts are shaped to fit the new population numbers, to suit current politics and the whims of the friends or foes drawing the maps. Some incumbents will be paired to run against fellow incumbents. Some will find themselves in districts almost impossible to lose.

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