I wanted to put this bit in its own post, because I'm going to visit this theme with a number of candidates over the next few weeks. At the end of that Caller story, we see this:
While the late votes from Odem and Mathis were deal sealers, Garcia said the real story of his victory was about the people who voted for him. In particular, the ones who were willing to cross the political aisle when they went to the polls, including voters in predominantly Republican Aransas County where Garcia fought Seaman almost to a draw, losing by only 176 votes.
By comparison, in 2002 popular Democratic San Patricio County Judge Josephine Miller lost to Seaman by about 1,800 votes in Aransas County.
Garcia said he tried to reach all of the voters, both Democrats and Republicans, speaking to better educational opportunities, tougher environmental policies and reformed insurance and tax structures that would lower insurance rates along the coast and reduce property taxes.
In the most conservative reaches of District 32, Garcia defended himself against Seaman's televised ads calling him a "liberal" and a "trial lawyer," explaining repeatedly that he is a civil defense lawyer.
"In a state and country divided by red and blue, we spoke purple," Garcia said. "I cannot tell you how many folks called, e-mailed, pulled over to say, 'Juan, I have never voted for a Democrat before. You are my first one. Don't let us down.'"
County Seaman Pct Garcia Pct Willet Pct Moody Pct
Aransas 3202 47.6 3026 44.9 3702 57.8 2364 36.9
Calhoun 2012 46.1 2164 49.6 1813 43.5 2168 52.0
SPatricio 5346 40.9 7140 54.6 5555 44.0 6601 52.3
I'll be looking at some other candidates in this fashion as well, which will give me something to do until the precinct data becomes available. Based on my eyeball survey so far, I suspect we'll see a few more examples like this.Posted by Charles Kuffner on November 09, 2006 to Election 2006 | TrackBack