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  •  If Gilbert couldn't win Ag Commisioner (1+ / 0-)
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    how can he win the Senate?

    More verdammt Texas politics inscrutable to all but Texans?

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    by 4Freedom on Thu Mar 29, 2007 at 01:14:43 PM PDT

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    •  hank could have won ag comm (8+ / 0-)

      i'll have to send mcblogger over here to show you the numbers, but he could have won.  he beat the repubs in areas where we hadn't won in over a decade.  it was all about the fundage - or lack thereof. and who's fault was that?  the same assholes who are trying to stomp all over the primary process.

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      by anna on Thu Mar 29, 2007 at 01:16:07 PM PDT

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      •  If Dave Leip's site had an option for AgComm (4+ / 0-)
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        then I could have posted a map there.

        I think out of the Alvarado, Van Os, and Head races, Alvarado did the best in the Valley, Van Os ran ahead of the other two in various surprising places, and I think Head ran ahead of the other two in Eastern Texas.

        Van Os got 9.13% in Ochiltree while Head got 8.65%, Alvarado got 7.92% and Bell got 6.65%. Although that only means that Van Os got 151 votes and Bell got 114 votes.

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        by RBH on Thu Mar 29, 2007 at 01:23:17 PM PDT

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    •  Doesn't necessarily mean he can't win, (6+ / 0-)

      though it would be an uphill battle anyway.  As others have noted, Cornyn will be tough for anyone to beat.  That's Texas.  But the Ag Commissioner race didn't necessarily create a lot of buzz, and (no insult intended), neither Chris Bell nor Radnofsky was necessarily creating any coattails.

      Gilbert's advantage, should a race allow him to generate any kind of visibility in the state, is that he is not a stereotypical Democrat (or politician, for that matter).  Like I said, think Tester.

      That said, I would in fact be surprised if he was even considering such a move anyway.

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      by Fagelson on Thu Mar 29, 2007 at 01:20:13 PM PDT

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    •  statewide name recognition (2+ / 0-)
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    •  Basically, it was money and media... (2+ / 0-)
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      Hank had around 88k for the entire campaign. The R spent more than 2 million and pumped out a ton of bad TV. That's why he lost, pure and simple. We couldn't touch enough people with 88k.

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