I've kind of lost track of the campaign overview stories the Chron has run, mostly because they've appeared somewhat erratically, but here's one on CD10, which features a hot Democratic primary between Dan Grant and Larry Joe Doherty.
Thanks to the hyperpartisan congressional redistricting map of 2003, the 19 GOP members in the Texas House delegation all represent districts drawn to create safe Republican seats.
That seems to be the case in 2008, with one possible exception -- the radically redrawn 10th Congressional District now held by Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Austin. Despite the new district's Republican voting tendencies, Democrats are hoping for a national tide that, combined with a huge Democratic turnout in Austin, could help them to unseat McCaul.
The Democratic primary clash is less an ideological battle than a generational and geographical one. The two Democrats seeking the party's nomination are as different as the two communities anchoring the opposite ends of the oddly shaped district.
Larry Joe Doherty, 61, a flamboyant former daytime TV judge from Houston, has raised lots of campaign cash. The star of Fox's Texas Justice, he made a first career out of suing other lawyers for malpractice before exchanging the courtroom for the TV studio.
His opponent, Dan Grant, 34, is a wonkish international affairs consultant from Austin whose work for a nonprofit has taken him into war zones in Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq.
Doherty has more money, but Grant says it will take more than money to beat the independently wealthy incumbent. McCaul, now seeking his third term, is the son-in-law of Lowry Mays, the chairman of Clear Channel Communications.