Of course I knew there were some Democrats in Texas like here on this blue island in Austin and down in the valley, but I was genuinely surprised to find that the Democrats are a scant 5 seats away from evenly splitting the House between they and the GOP. I would also guess that I'm not the only one a little taken aback by this in the place Americans associate with the Bushes, Tom Delay, etc, etc.
Obviously the article points out that it's hardly a shoe-in for the Dems, but the fact that they're within striking distance and trending in the right direction is quite the revelation. And if the Democrats are making waves locally, one would think they can't be that far behind in contests in Texas' 34 US congressional districts and eventually Senate and other statewide elections. I'm getting ahead of myself, but when you're talking about Texas it means 34 seats in the US House and 36 electoral votes. That's a huge impact on the nation that I had taken for granted as being forever lost as though Texas voting Republican were endemic. I guess Texas Democrats might be climbing out of this grave I'd assumed they were in.