While there's still the possibility that Republicans in the state could try to revise the maps again ahead of the 2014 midterm elections, Democrats say that the minority strength in fast-growing Hispanic areas in the state will be showcased in next year's elections, and can't be ignored.
"You can't go back to the old map," said Texas Democratic strategist Matt Angle. "Minority voting strength will be determined under the map that the elections are run under, which means that the states maps are moot. The Republicans might as well have not even done redistricting under the legislature. They wasted everybody's time."
Texas Republicans said that while they're not pleased with Tuesday's ruling, they will operate under whatever deadlines and maps the court hands down, and they look forward to defending the maps in the full trial.
"Of course we're disappointed that the Department of Justice has apparently helped convince the court that there's some standard that wasn't met," said Texas Republican Party spokesman Chris Elam. "In 2010, the Texas Republican Party elected more new Hispanic and African American representatives than the Democrats did, so saying that the Republican Party is not worthy of minority representation is just ludicrous. We look forward to opportunities and winning elections in 2012 just as we did in 2010.