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Tuesday, January 03, 2006

TX: 31 of 32

Posted by DavidNYC

Impressive! As of today's filing deadline, Texas Dems have managed to field candidates in 31 of 32 House races this year. (That's 20 out of 21 GOP-held seats, the lone exception being TX-11, which is the most Republican district in the nation.) In 2004 - a much bigger election year, what with the presidential race and all - four seats went uncontested. Hats are off to quite a few intrepid challengers, who are running in districts that Bush won with over 70% of the vote. But like I say, we've got to expand the playing field. Every weekend a Republican incumbent has to spend in his home district is a weekend he could have been out fundraising for a colleague.

Kuff's got more details. And hopefully the DCCC page will get updated soon.

Posted at 06:02 PM in 2006 Elections - House, Texas | Technorati

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How did the Republicans do here and in Illinois i'm curious.

Posted by: D in FL. [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 3, 2006 10:02 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

The only option for anybody who is very intent on challenging Conaway in the 11th is filing as a Write-in Candidate. The person would have to file between August 2nd and September 1st, and either pay $3125 or get around 500 signatures on a petition.

I'm going to guess the odds are not in the favor of someone doing that.

31 out of 32 is very impressive though.

The last time the Dems had a full slate was in 1996 (where they had 30 candidates).

I'm pretty sure the Republicans have 27 candidates (No candidates in the 9th, 16th, 20th, 25th, and 28th). Although they do have 21 of 32 seats too. They might have a candidate in the 20th, as it's in Bexar county, and the candidate has to file with the county party and not the state party (the state party handles districts which are in multiple counties).

Posted by: RBH [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 3, 2006 10:20 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

That's pretty encouraging. I just finished a brief rundown of the districts with no major contests.

Democratic incumbent Al Green from TX-9 also appears to be completely unopposed.

Several other Dem incumbents seem to have only third party opposition.

2 contested Dem primaries- TX-16 and one other that escapes my moemory at the moment.

I'm eager to hear about the state lege races. I hope we made a big dent in the previously uncontested districts.

Posted by: boadicea [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 3, 2006 11:40 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

Did Fransisco Canseco decide not to run as a Republican for Tx-28 seat held by D-Henry CUELLAR? I list him as the GOP challenger?


Posted by: walja [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 4, 2006 06:18 AM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

I couldn't find anything on Canseco listed. Do you have a source I could use?

He's not list on the State GOP site as of 1/4. Is TX28 all within one county?

Posted by: boadicea [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 6, 2006 12:39 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

Canseco ran for the U.S. House in 2004 and lost in the runoff in the Republican Primary

Posted by: RBH [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 6, 2006 02:21 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment