Texas candidate filing closes soon

Candidate filing closes in just over a week, on January 4th.

How are the parties going vis a vis recruiting candidates to run in all 32 House Districts?

Below the fold for all the details and hey go check out the 2010 Race Tracker Wiki over at Open Congress for all your House, Senate and Gubernatorial needs.

(Cross posted at Daily Kos, Swing State Project and Open Left)

The Texas Congressional House delegation is currently split 20/12 in favor of the GOP.

I think we can safely assume that both parties will file candidates (almost invariably the current incumbents) in the Districts that they currently hold.

So onto candidate filings.
First the bad news and there is no way to sugarcoat this - The GOP have a full slate, many with multiple candidates. Yep all 12 Dem held Districts have GOP candidates:

TX-09 (Green) - D+22,
TX-15 (Hinojosa) - D+3,
TX-16 (Reyes) - D+10,
TX-17 (Edwards) - R+20,
TX-18 (Jackson Lee) - D+24,
TX-20 (Gonzalez) - D+8,
TX-23 (Rodriguez) - R+4,
TX-25 (Doggett) - D+6,
TX-27 (Ortiz) - R+2,
TX-28 (Cuellar) - R+0,
TX-29 (Green) - D+8,
TX-30 (Johnson) - D+27,

And for us Democrats the news does not get any better.
We have confirmed candidates in only 8 of 20 GOP held Districts:
TX-05 (Hensarling) - R+17,
TX-06 (Barton) - R+15,
TX-11 (Conaway) - R+28,
TX-19 (Neugebaeur) - R+26,
TX-21 (Smith) - R+14,
TX-22 (Olsen) - R+13,
TX-26 (Burgess) - R+13,
TX-32 (Sessions) - R+8,

And in the other 12 GOP held districts there is not even a rumoured candidate:
TX-01 (Gohmert) - R+21,
TX-02 (Poe) - R+13,
TX-03 (Johnson) - R+14,
TX-04 (Hall) - R+21,
TX-07 (Culberson) - R+13,
TX-08 (Brady) - R+25,
TX-10 (McCaul) - R+10,
TX-12 (Granger) - R+16,
TX-13 (Thornberry) - R+29,
TX-14 (Paul) - R+18,
TX-24 (Marchant) - R+11,
TX-31 (Carter) - R+14,

This is a grim scenario to say the least. At this stage in 2007 we had confirmed and unconfirmed candidates in 12/19; this time 8/20.

I am not suggesting that we will not fill more of these districts but we are a long way behind. Remember that in 2008 we did not run candidates in 6 districts:
TX-01 (Gohmert) - R+21,
TX-02 (Poe) - R+13,
TX-05 (Hensarling) - R+17,
TX-11 (Conaway) - R+28,
TX-14 (Paul) - R+18,
TX-21 (Smith) - R+14,

So hop to it Texas Democrats we need more candidates filing NOW.

* Tips, rumours and what not in the comments please.**

****UPDATE**** We now have a candidate in the 14th!

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Comments

6 Comments

Re: Texas candidate filing closes soon

Any updates or gossip?

by BENAWU 2009-12-28 09:03PM | 0 recs
Re: Texas candidate filing closes soon

"At this stage in 2007 we had confirmed and unconfirmed candidates in 12/19; this time 8/20."

And the GOP is filled.  Wow, that's miserable.

by Jerome Armstrong 2009-12-29 05:09AM | 0 recs
Re: Texas candidate filing closes soon

Yeh it's not great.

by BENAWU 2009-12-29 11:58AM | 0 recs
Re: Texas candidate filing closes soon

But not unexpected.  Remember the phrase, be careful of what you wish for...you just might get it.

Kos and others, have to pay the piper now.

by TxDem08 2009-12-29 02:28PM | 0 recs
Re: Texas candidate filing closes soon

Nah i beg to differ actually.

Our problems in Texas are systemic. The 50 state strategy was never properly run with there and that, combined with the DeLay gerrymander that wiped out virtually every White Dem in the delegation has cruelled our chances. Given also that running a decent congressional campaign is expensive owing to the media markets involved and you have a problem. There are still a few days to go though but parts of Texas certainly are the badlands for us.

by BENAWU 2009-12-29 05:26PM | 0 recs
Re: Texas candidate filing closes soon

The problems are worse than systemic, they're ingrained.  The DeLay gerrymander is not to blame wholly, the fact that the Dem's cave and don't run or run but only with support of the extreme blue-dog leadership and then side with the GOP during legislation, is what is to blame.

Media is expensive, but not so much so that a major political party can't buy ad time, or put together a coherent and concise strategy to thwart and peg the GOP on their own petard.

The party has no concept or direction, no leadership (local, state or national) and no reason or even posing an inclination to get out and vote, much less do grass-roots work.

Remember what you ask for...you just might get it.

by TxDem08 2009-12-29 06:21PM | 0 recs

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