PAUL J. WEBER

The Associated Press

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Latino advocates are claiming victory over a federal court ruling that could put the complicated "Texas Two-step" presidential delegate system in jeopardy.

The decision Tuesday by a three-judge federal court panel in San Antonio favored Latino voters who say their vote was diluted during last year's intense Texas Democratic primary between Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Under the ruling, Latino advocates moved closer toward its goal of the Justice Department reviewing whether the delegate system violates the Voting Rights Act. The ruling, however, did not come out and require the Texas Democratic Party to seek federal pre-clearance.

The party says it is reviewing the court's opinion.