CQ Politics reports, Democrats are now favored to take over Tom DeLay’s old seat in Texas:
The Texas Republican Party establishment has rallied around a single candidate, Houston City Councilwoman Shelley Sekula-Gibbs, in their unusual write-in campaign to salvage the 22nd Congressional District seat vacated in June by Tom DeLay, the former House majority leader.
But the extreme rarity of successful write-in campaigns for Congress and the presence of a solid Democratic nominee on the ballot in former Rep. Nick Lampson has prompted CQPolitics.com to change its rating on the 22nd District race to Leans Democratic from No Clear Favorite.
The GOP faces a world of trouble in this race because of a serious miscalculation on the part of DeLay and his party colleagues.
“The 22nd District becomes the first House seat” CQ Politics says, “being defended this year by the Republicans in which the Democratic nominee is rated as having a clear edge.”