Texas Lawsuit Complicates Presidential Race

Candidates likely to face questions on affirmative action

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Barack Obama, as a presidential candidate in 2008, acknowledged that the political fallout from affirmative-action policies would complicate efforts to heal the nation's racial divisions.

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Barack Obama, as a presidential candidate in 2008, acknowledged that the political fallout from affirmative-action policies would complicate efforts to heal the nation's racial divisions.

Being rejected by the University of Texas at Austin has not kept Abigail Noel Fisher from having a big influence on the nation's affairs. Her lawsuit challenging Texas' race-conscious undergraduate admission policy has landed at the U.S. Supreme Court just in time to inject the politics of affirmative action into this year's presidential campaigns.

The court has set an August 6 deadline for the university's