A federal court has released the proposed interim maps for Texas Congressional districts for the 2012 elections.

The new maps released Wednesday will temporarily override maps drawn by the Republican-led Texas Legislature.

Republicans have until noon Friday to respond. The map gives District 25 back to 17-year incumbent Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin. It includes East Austin and much of Hays County.

The Republican-drawn maps would have forced Doggett to run in the new District 35 against popular Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio.

Congressman Michael McCaul, R-Austin, will represent more of Austin if the new maps hold.

State House and Senate interim maps were released by the court last week. Until now, candidates running in the March 2012 primary have been in limbo.

Lawmakers redraw maps every 10 years to reflect changes in population growth. This year, Texas picked up four additional seats in the House.

Experts say three of those new seats would have gone to Republicans under the legislative map, but minority groups mounted a legal challenge saying the map illegally weakens their voting power.

Republican leaders say they drew the map to benefit their party, not to hurt minorities. The court’s map was drawn with a focus on protecting minority voting strength. That will likely help Democrats, who must net 25 seats nationally to win back the U.S. House.

Check out a copy of the interim map below:

The Associated Press contributed to this report.