The fight over newly drawn political maps in Texas is shifting back to San Antonio to see if a statewide April 3 primary can be salvaged.

Both the state and minority groups suing over the Republican-drawn maps were back in a San Antonio federal courtroom Friday. At issue again is when Texas will hold its primary after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, but the latest proposed date is in doubt.

The uncertainty has revived the potential of a split primary, in which Texas would still hold its presidential primary as early as possible to maintain influence in the Republican nomination.

Elections officials, however, have warned that doing so would double the taxpayer costs.

Rep. Lloyd Doggett’s re-election campaign has been affected by the map. The boundaries of his own District 25 are still not set in stone.

"Certainly, I think that one primary as soon as possible is in everyone’s interests, but the primary concern is to protect the principles of the Voting Rights Act," he said.

Everyone in the courtroom Friday agreed with Doggett, and for the first time, top state officials began initiating settlement talks.

"The attorney general started calling last night. Greg Abbott personally called some of the plaintiffs to see if it was possible to settle. They’re going to get nailed pretty hard and they’re going to lose most of the state," Luis Roberto Vera Jr. with the LULAC National General Counsel said.

The judges’ panel issued a Feb. 6 deadline Friday for the state and list of plaintiffs to agree on a shorter list of districts in dispute.

"I think the message that everyone got here was that the courts are moving as quickly as possible and they really tried to make that clear today,” Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir said. “I got the impression that they were running in place today."

The San Antonio panel reached out to the DC court during Friday’s hearing to see when it might have its decision on the maps.

All indications point to a ruling within a week to 10 days.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.