The Supreme Court ruling issued tonight puts a temporary stay on all three interim redistricting maps drawn up by a three judge panel in San Antonio. That means the district lines for the State House and Senate, as well as the US Congress are not finalized for the March primary. It’s not clear what repercussions this will have for candidates who have already filed in the districts laid out by the court.

Attorney General Greg Abbott issued this statement following the ruling:

"The Texas Attorney General’s Office is committed to protecting the integrity of Texas’ elections by ensuring they are conducted based on legally constructed redistricting maps, and the Supreme Court’s decision today is an important step in that direction. We look forward to presenting oral argument to the Supreme Court on January 9, 2012. We understand the need for speed for Texas voters as well as those who wish to run for office,and will work to resolve this matter as quickly as possible."

Texas Republican Party Chairman Steve Munisteri issued this statement:

"The Supreme Court’s action in staying the recently drawn maps issued by the three-judge federal district court panel in San Antonio, is a clear indication that the concerns we raised last week concerning the panel’s actions, have merit. It has been the RPT’s position that the majority of the district court panel exceeded their judicial authority and attempted to usurp the rightful duties of the Texas State Legislature. It has also been our position that the maps approved by the Legislature did comply with the Voting Rights’ Act and did protect the interests of minority voters, particularly the interests of Hispanic voters in Texas. I applaud Attorney General Greg Abbott and his legal team for their quick action in appealing this matter to the U.S. Supreme Court and congratulate them for winning the first round before that court in obtaining a stay on the panel’s maps. We are hopeful that the Attorney General and his team will be able to demonstrate to the Court the necessity of throwing out the panel’s maps. Further, we hope the Court will either restore the original district lines of the Legislature, or at the very least, make revisions to the district court panel’s maps which are more in tune with the legislative intent. We do not have information at this time as to what effect, if any, the Court’s stay will have on the filing period or primary dates. As soon as we receive further instruction from the Court, we will advise the public."

As of this update, no Democrats have responded to the court ruling.