Election 02 Flash Another Bite At The Apple?
Unlike when Bush was governor, the Republican landslide carried all the way down the ballot. Republicans added three seats in the Senate and look like they gained at least 15 seats in the House. Republicans now have a 19-12 edge in the Senate and at least an 87-63 edge in the House. With a Republican lieutenant governor and a Republican speaker, the possibility now opens that Texas will visit congressional redistricting next year. (The Legislature never attempted to craft a bill in 2001, meaning that they can do so next year.) If the R’s can cobble a coalition to pick up two D votes in the Senate, they can pass a modified version of Majority Leader Tom DeLay’s redistricting bill, which would bolster the Republican congressional majority by four to six seats.