The state's lawyers have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to stop elections under court-ordered redistricting maps, arguing today that the federal judges who drew the maps improperly disregarded the wishes of the Legislature.

Candidates started filing for the March 6 primaries this morning. The filing from Attorney General Greg Abbott asks the high court to freeze the election, saying the primary could be put off if necessary.

"If delaying primary elections for the Texas House is necessary to preserve this Court's jurisdiction and allow for thorough appellate review, the State respectfully requests that the Court stay the primary elections for the Texas House," the attorneys wrote. They suggest the elections could be held instead on May 22.

The state's motions are attached.

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