A Bright Spot for Republicans

DeLay's old seat returns to GOP

Pete Olson (l) with former U.S. Senator Phil Gramm
Pete Olson (l) with former U.S. Senator Phil Gramm (by www.olsonforcongress.com)

It wasn’t all gloom for Republicans Tuesday night. The Tom DeLay-engineered gerrymander of 2003 held firm in his goal to keep the Texas Congressional delegation majority Republican. In fact, while the GOP was losing ground nationally in Congress, Texas Republicans picked up a seat. And it’s a seat Republicans will savor: District 22, DeLay’s old post, which he had to depart under indictment and Democrat Nick Lampson snatched up two years ago. Pete Olson gave Lampson the boot with 53% of the vote versus 45%. Libertarian John Wieder claimed the other 2%. This makes the composition of the delegation 20 Republicans, 12 Democrats.

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