The U.S. Supreme Court Thursday delayed a lower-court order that would have forced North Carolina Republican lawmakers to redraw the state’s congressional districts by next week.

The Associated Press reports the stay comes after GOP lawyers successfully argued that a three-judge panel’s ruling last week declaring the state congressional map an illegal partisan gerrymander should be on hold while similar cases involving Wisconsin and Maryland congressional districts are considered by the Supreme Court. 

The ruling means North Carolina's case won't be resolved until potentially summer or later, increasing the odds that the current boundaries, where Republicans hold 10 of the state's 13 congressional seats, will be used in the November election.

Candidate filing begins next month for the May primaries.

Republican attorneys had argued that requiring a new map — the third since 2011 — would have confused voters and candidates. GOP legislators are planning a formal appeal.