GOP candidates won their respective races.
Voters also rejected Round Rock's Proposition 1 by a mere 26 votes. While I tepidly voted for Prop 1, the defeat is not really surprising. Americans are suspicious of attempts to redirect any government spending right now, and residents are miffed that the Round Rock City Council voted to increase fees, 'adopt the effective tax rate,' (ie., raise property taxes,) and spend an additional $300,000 for a commuter bus service in 2011. Hopefully this will serve as a wake-up call to city leaders who are not seriously trying to cut spending and taxes.
Statewide it looks like Republicans will hold a minimum of 97 seats in the Texas House, far more than pundits originally predicted. Sadly, our neighbors to the south returned Mark "Obama" Strama in District 50, but other Central Texas Democrats Patrick Rose and Valinda Bolton were defeated by Republicans Jason Isaac and Paul Workman.
Happily, Texans flipped three Congressional Districts from blue to red. Republican Bill Flores defeated long-time Democrat Chet Edwards, and Francisco 'Quico' Canseco unseated Ciro Rodriguez. In a win I confess I never saw coming, Republican challenger Blake Farenthold took a long-time Democrat stronghold from Solomon Ortiz in South Texas.
It was a good night for Texas Conservatives, and an important victory in the battle for our country. However, there is still much to be done. I encourage all to remain informed and engaged. Your nation is depending on it.