Could the Democrats Take the Texas House?

The Houston Chronicle looks at Democratic optimism in Texas, where, despite a complete inability to win statewide elections, the party hopes to win control of ...
by | October 15, 2008

The Houston Chronicle looks at Democratic optimism in Texas, where, despite a complete inability to win statewide elections, the party hopes to win control of the state House of Representatives:

AUSTIN -- Texas Democrats contend the political climate is right for a stunning comeback from 2002 when they lost control of the House for the first time since Reconstruction.

Republicans, who captured a huge 88-62 advantage after that historic election, however, are refusing to concede any House contest -- and even harbor hopes of padding their 78-71 advantage.

Throwing a bit of cold water on the Democrats is Stateline's Lou Jacobson. Here's what he had to say in his delightfully comprehensive update on the campaigns for control of legislative chambers:

Democrats have been making gains in Texas, especially in the suburbs of Austin, Dallas and Houston. They have a shot at taking over the state House this year, but they won't get much of a boost either from the presidential race (Obama has largely ignored historically red Texas) or from the longshot U.S. Senate candidacy of Democrat Rick Noriega. The likeliest outcome may be the long-term moderation of the GOP caucus rather than a flip to a Democratic majority.

Josh Goodman
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