AUSTIN, Texas – A runoff election in the Lone Star State has given Democrats another gain going into next year’s congressional session.
Democrat Ciro Rodriguez upset incumbent Rep. Henry Bonilla in a Dec. 12 election. The late date, more than a month after the national elections of Nov. 7, was necessitated by a Supreme Court ruling that the contested district had been gerrymandered so as to deny Hispanic voters full benefit of the Voting Rights Act. A Congressional Quarterly analysis found that the subsequent redistricting made Bonilla vulnerable.
Barring any surprises in an ongoing Florida recount, Rodriguez’s win means the 110th Congress will seat 233 Democrats and 202 Republicans in the House of Representatives.