It’s back to the drawing board for the San Antonio federal court tasked with creating interim redistricting maps. The Supreme Court ruled today that the three-judge panel didn’t take the original legislative maps into account when it redrew the district lines.

The ruling is seen as a victory for Attorney General Greg Abbott, who sued over the constitutionality of the district court’s actions.

He issued this statement today:

"The Supreme Court confirmed that the San Antonio court drew illegal maps, without regard for the policy decisions of elected leaders. As the Justices point out, courts are ill-suited to make policy judgments and redistricting is primarily the responsibility of the State. The Court made clear in a strongly worded opinion that the district court must give deference to elected leaders of this state, and it’s clear by the Supreme Court ruling that the district court abandoned these guiding principles.

The Supreme Court’s swift decision will allow Texas to move forward with elections as soon as possible, under maps that are lawful."

Democrats, meanwhile, are defending the interim maps, which favored their party. The Texas Democratic Party issued this statement, today:

“The Supreme Court did not strike down the interim maps. They issues they had pertained to the process by which the court arrived at new maps, not necessarily the maps themselves.

While it is not clear what the final districts will look like at this point, what is clear is that the state’s original maps have been found to be discriminatory in some way by every court which has examined them.

The state’s maps completely ignored the demographic realities of Texas. The Supreme Court did not approve the state’s maps and we don’t expect they ever will.”

It’s still not clear where the state’s primary schedule stands. It is currently slated to be held on April 3, but will likely be pushed back. There is also the possibility of a split primary.

And of course, there is still the issue of the pre-clearance trial underway right now in a Washington D.C. court. That panel is determining if the original legislative maps violate the Voting Rights Act. If those maps are pre-cleared, they would then be used for the 2012 election, assuming the decision comes down in time for ballots to be printed.