COUNTY 2006 ELECTION RECAP
In 2006 the Republican Party suffered a setback at the national level that extended into Texas with the loss of two U. S. House of Representative seats: Tom Delay in District #22 and Henry Bonilla in District #23. The contest for the control of the U. S. Congress was very close. Eighteen (18) U. S. House of Representatives seats were decided by less than 5,000 votes each and three (3) U. S. Senate seats were decided by two (2) percent or less of the vote. The Democrat margin of control in the U. S. Senate will be one (1) seat and in the U. S. House of Representatives the margin will be thirty (30) seats.
The losses were not unprecedented. In FDR’s sixth year in 1938, Democrats lost seventy-one seats in the House and six in the Senate. In Eisenhower’s sixth year in 1958, Republicans lost forty-seven House seats and thirteen in the Senate. In JFK/LBJ’s sixth year in 1966, Democrats lost forty-seven House seats and three in the Senate. Even in Ronald Reagan’s sixth year, Republicans lost five House seats and eight Senate seats.
Montgomery County Republicans could do little to alter the outcome of these elections. In Montgomery County, every Republican candidate on the ballot was victorious at the State, District and County level.