Rodriguez Upsets Bonilla To Win Runoff Election In Texas, Giving Democrats Whopping 233 Seats
Former Rep. Ciro Rodriguez upset incumbent Republican Henry Bonilla yesterday in a runoff election to see who would representTexas's 23rd District.
"I thought it would be, in all honesty, would be a lot closer than it was," said Rodriguez, who won with 54 percent of the vote.
Fans of The Daily Show With Jon Stewart may remember Bonilla in 2004 struggling to defend the Republican spin that John Kerry and John Edwards were the first- and fourth-most liberal senators at the time.
That probably had little to do with his loss to Rodriguez. But as one who roots against Republicans who offer nothing more than spin, I'm not upset to see Bonilla go.
With the win, Democrats now have 233 seats in the 110th congress. That's more than Republicans have had at any time since 1948.
As MyDD.com noted: "The Republican "revolution" never secured this large a majority in the House. We beat them. We did better than they ever did. So much for the vaunted Republican political machine, which recorded record voter contacts, record fundraising, and record early voting this cycle.