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View Diary: TX-27: Ortiz concedes. Now it's time to figure out what happened. (133 comments)

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  •  Ortiz' Votes in Nueces County (0+ / 0-)

    2010 25,874
    2008 52,546
    2006 35,315
    2004 62,373
    2002 35,028
    2000 58,564
    1998 missing
    1996 57,112
    1994 39,194
    1992 49,870

    The trend is clear, Ortiz averaged 50-60k votes in Presidential years and 35-40k in off years. This year he only got 25k, if that isn't a massive failure to turn out the base I don't know what is. For comparison, Farenthold got the same 32k votes that Ortiz' GOP challengers have received every Presidential year, and Ortiz's 25k was less than any of his GOP challengers have ever received.

    Teh stoopidTM, it hurts. Buy smart, union-printed, USA-made, signs, stickers, swag for everyone:

    by DemSign on Wed Nov 24, 2010 at 07:23:09 AM PST

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    •  You are correct (0+ / 0-)

      The Texas Democratic Party simply cannot function well enought to turn out the base vote.  Sadly, most counties lack a county party strong enough to get the job done.  Dallas County remains the sole exception (and did extremely well on Election Night).  I have long said the key to flipping Texas is to rebuild the dormant county parties and state party and quit wasting so much money on hiring Martin Frost's old campaign team as consultants.

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