Rep. D. Rodrigues, (D-Texas) recently ousted Republican. Rep. Henry Bonilla, which now gives the Democrats 30 House seats.
And we have the Supreme Court to thank for this.
?where a court-inspired runoff resulted in still another pickup for the Democrats. Rep. Henry Bonilla, a seven-term Republican, was upset by a former congressman, Democrat Ciro Rodriguez, 54-46 percent. The result was a shocker, and the fact that it wasn’t even close made it more so.
The special election was mandated when the Supreme Court ruled in June that the district, part of a vast congressional district redrawing plan conceived by then-House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX), was unconstitutionally drawn because it excluded Hispanic voters in violation of the Voting Rights Act. Seven Democrats jumped into the Nov. 7 election, hoping at the least that they could keep Bonilla from attaining a majority. Mission accomplished: Bonilla finished a clear first, but with 49 percent of the vote; his failure to break the 50 percent threshold necessitated Tuesday’s runoff. That gave Rodriguez, the second-place finisher on Nov. 7 with 22 percent, the opportunity to rally Democratic voters, of which he took advantage. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, still on a high from its success of retaking the House last month, decided to pour money into the district on Rodriguez’s behalf.