Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Ortiz Loses In Texas 27th - UPDATED

This is big. Solomon Ortiz, a liberal Democrat who has represented Texas 27th District (Corpus Christi to Rio Grande Valley) since its creation in 1982, lost.

From the Valley Morning Star:

Results posted late Tuesday night showed Republican challenger Blake Farenthold beating longtime U.S. Rep. Solomon P. Ortiz, D-Corpus Christi, ousting him from a seat he has won handily through almost three decades in historically Democratic South Texas, signaling a major shift in the politics of Texas’ 27th District.

Tuesday night’s results posted on the Texas Secretary of State’s website showed Farenthold, a former conservative talk radio host from Corpus Christi who sought political office for the very first time this year, a few hundred votes ahead with all 236 precincts reported.

Final returns showed Farenthold with 50,954 votes to Ortiz’s 50,155, a far cry from past election cycles where the incumbent congressman swept the district.

This election cycle put Ortiz in his first unsteady re-election campaign in collective memory, a heated race that frequently landed him on the defensive, and drew former President Bill Clinton to stump for the 72-year-old.

This year’s race proved starkly different from those in recent history, where Ortiz won 57.9 percent of the vote in 2008, 56.8 percent in 2006 and 63.1 percent in 2004.

You can attribute Ortiz' loss to one word - Obamacare.

UPDATE: Mom sends a note, since this is the district I grew up in and they still reside.
Also, Ortiz lost because he had the audacity to send one of his promoters to a large class reunion of La Feria High School (many years involved) to crash it and try to speak on Ortiz's behalf, interrupting the speakers who were there to speak on memories, etc. How rude!!
Crashing a high school reunion to mine for votes...that's pretty desperate and thank God it didn't work!

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