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Dems Grow Majority in Congress

Posted on Dec 13, 2006

Ciro Rodriguez (above) defeated GOP incumbent Henry Bonilla on Tuesday in a special Texas runoff election.

Democrats picked up another House seat on Tuesday when a victim of Texas redistricting ousted the incumbent in a Supreme Court-ordered runoff election. The upset victory brought the Dems’ total gain of House seats to 30.

New York Times:

Democratic former Rep. Ciro D. Rodriguez upset Republican Rep. Henry Bonilla in a House runoff election Tuesday in southwestern Texas’ 23rd District, pushing the Democrats’ net gain to 30 House seats and concluding Campaign 2006 with one final stunning come-from-behind victory for the new House majority party.

Rodriguez, who served in the House from 1997 to 2005 in an adjacent district, scored a surprisingly strong 55 percent of the vote with 97 percent of precincts reporting (results). Bonilla, who was seeking an eighth term, had 45 percent of the vote. Bonilla fell well short of the nearly 49 percent he received in the Nov. 7 “blanket primary” that set the matchup for Tuesday’s runoff.

Turnout for the runoff—the result of a court-ordered redistricting that reconfigured the normal election process in the district—was low.

This was in part because the Nov. 7 elections across the nation had already given the Democrats a decisive majority in their successful campaign to end a dozen years of Republican dominance in the House.

In fact, one of Rodriguez’ biggest added advantages in the runoff campaign was that he could boast of being a member of the House majority if he were to be elected—something he could not definitively claim before the primary, which coincided with the national Election Day.

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By Rodney Matthews, December 16, 2006 at 3:12 pm Link to this comment
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Let’s just hope the Democrats use their new found majority to put a end to this war. We need to hold the Bush adminstration accountable and the Democrats are our only hope to really find out what’s really going on.The country may not have th stomach for it , But once the investigations start we will really discover high crimes and misdomeanors. Maybe at that point Bush will start drinking some more [he never really stopped]and let the Democratic congress make the nations important decisions. I also suspect Cheney will crawl into his hole and disappear for the rest of their term. Watching Bush being embarrassed and humiliated in almost as good as impeachment, except we would wind up with President Cheney which is what we really have anyway. If we could impeach them both, then I’d be happy with President Pelosi.

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By DennisD, December 14, 2006 at 8:23 am Link to this comment
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Let me know when the American people’s representatives(damn few) out number the lobbyists and corporate interests representatives(way too many). Then we might get our country back instead of just getting stuck with the bill.

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By Bukko in Australia, December 13, 2006 at 8:07 pm Link to this comment
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Now what about Florida’s 13th, where there was the amazing display of electronic vote fakery in Katherine Harris’ old district? Perhaps they’ll do a recount and find that SHE was returned to the House seat! Oh yeah, all the votes she got for Senate will suddenly register as votes for her as a conresswoman…

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