The Big Blue Line
With Ciro beating Bonilla in the TX 23 tonight, there is a big blue line from the Pacific to the Gulf of Mexico (except for one district in New Mexico) that has elected to send Democrats to Washington. Including two new ones this year.
A big part of the West, El Norte is Blue.
Your Personal Note:
Stretching from San Antonio to El Paso, this district looks like both the urban and rural Southwest.
Rodriguez (D) was strong in San Antonio's Bexar County, where Hispanic, working class voters were added in the latest redrawing. Rodriguez had a more than 5-1 margin in Maverick County on the Texas-Mexico border, where Eagle Pass is the largest city.
In the seven precincts in El Paso County, 422 voters, or 65 percent, backed Rodriguez, while 226 voters, or 35 percent, supported Bonilla.
Bonilla (R) did well in the two counties west of San Antonio, Medina and Uvalde counties. The men were almost even in Val Verde County, home to Laughlin Air Force Base.
Thus the GOP loses its lone Mexican-American in Congress.
In Maverick County (95% Hispanic), Bonilla won a miniscule 14% of the vote.
The majority-white counties in the district remained strongly pro-Bonilla. Medina County (45% Hispanic) overwhelmingly voted for Bonilla, giving him 68% of the vote.
The loss of the Hispanic vote is one of Karl Rove’s nightmares. He must have many these days, but given the growth of the Hispanic or Latino vote, this may signal a long-term problem for the GOP. The Tancredo Republicans are getting their message out there, and Hispanics hear it.
Posted by: Leo Brown | Dec 14, 2006 7:58:48 AM
Ads by Google
(and yes, we know that sometimes they're very, very wrong. Other times, they're right on.)