(CNN) – A three-judge federal panel proposed Wednesday that the Republican and Democratic parties of Texas hold their primaries on May 29.
The decision, although a tentative one, followed a two-day hearing on the state’s controversial redistricting battle and aims to give the state more time to finalize its new map.
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Texas was originally slated to hold its contest in March but pushed the date back to April 3 as state lawmakers and minority groups tangled over redistricting lines.
Now the court recommends the late-May date in case a final deal isn’t reached by April.
In a statement released after the decision, the state’s GOP said it would prepare a “timeline of scenarios to accomplish” holding a primary on May 29.
However, the party added it remained concerned that Texas would lose its influence in the presidential nominating process.
“Texas has 155 delegates and party leaders hope the state will still be in play. They have an attractive block of delegates and look forward to the candidates coming to Texas to compete for them,” said Chris Elam, communications director for the state party.
Texas Democrats also responded to the decision, saying it would begin “working immediately” with the state GOP on an “election schedule to meet the request of the judges.”
“For the Texas Democratic Party, the most important thing continues to be that the people of Texas have fair maps that accurately represent them,” the statement said.