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|Subject: The Key Races Wed Feb 06, 2008 3:26 pm|| |
The United States is preparing for election to its 111th Congress. Elections for the United States House of Representatives will be held on November 4, 2008, with all of the 435 seats in the House being contested. Since Representatives are elected for two-year terms, those elected will serve in the 111th United States Congress from January 3, 2009 until January 3, 2011. The House of Representatives today comprises of 232 Democrats, 198 Republicans, and 5 vacancies.
The Republican side has two different types of candidates challenging the incumbents in the Congressional primaries. The first type is the anti-war members of the GOP delegation, including Ron Paul (TX-14), Wayne Gilchrest (MD-1) and Walter B. Jones (NC-3). These Republican are facing Congressional challenges from pro-war local officials. The second type includes the higher number of libertarian-leaning Republicans running for office in 2008. The large cluster of limited government candidates includes both challengers to GOP incumbents, such as Vern McKinley (VA-10), as well as challengers to Democratic incumbents like Steve Kagen (WI-
One of the important races in the election is the Texas 22
nd Congressional District. This covers a south-central portion of the Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown metropolitan area. It includes the cities of Rosenberg and La Marque as well as portions of Missouri City and Pearland, in Fort Bend, Harris, Galveston, and Brazoria counties. This seat was vacated by House Majority Leader Tom Delay in 2006. It was then occupied by the incumbent Democrat Nick Lampson. Before Lampson was sworn in, Republican Shelley Sekula-Gibbs, a dermatologist and former Houston City Councilwoman, won the special election and served as a member of congress for almost two months. Lampson is now running for re-election and is expected to face a tough race from a heavily Republican constituency that voted for George W. Bush over John Kerry by a 2 to 1 (66%-33%) margin, more than any other district that fell to the Democrats in 2006.