November 17, 2008
Time to gear up for Chris Bell

There's still one more election to go before we can put 2008 to bed, and that's the runoff for the special election in SD17. Democratic candidates got a majority of the vote on November 4, and Chris Bell came out with a 27,000 vote lead over Joan Huffman, and garnered more votes than Huffman and Austen Furst combined. I see a real sense of urgency among local Dems to finish the job on this race, and I have a good feeling about it going into the race.

We don't yet know when the actual runoff will be - you can put my marker down for December 20, as I'm sure Governor Perry wants this to be as low a turnout affair as possible - but campaign activity is well underway. If you're in Fort Bend, the Bell campaign will officially open its local headquarters there this Saturday from 1 to 3 PM. The address is 869 Dulles Avenue, Ste. E in Stafford, which is where the Lampson HQ was before. Phone banking is going on now, so if you can't wait till Saturday for the pomp, head over today for the work. Let's get that Democratic caucus in the Senate up to 13.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on November 17, 2008 to Election 2008

I'm all for democratic causes but I'm not sure of Bell's chances in this one. He had his best shot during the Obama surge in a relatively republican district. Now, I don't know where he's planning on getting the extra votes. Democrat's in Texas are getting good at painting unrealistic pictures and had some justification during the Obama surge, now however, I expect things to go back to republican business as usual.

Posted by: Obama surge on November 17, 2008 7:43 AM
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