ABC News’ Tahman Bradley Reports: Democrat Ciro D. Rodriquez’s surprise victory over Rep. Henry Bonilla brings to close the 2006 campaign with a bang.
Rodriquez’s win over the longtime GOP incumbent in the Tom Delay-redrawn 23rd Congressional district in Texas gives the new majority party a net gain of 30 House seats. The architect of the Democrats 2006 Congressional campaign, DCCC chairman Cong. Rahm Emanuel (D-IL) was among the Democratic leaders who shouted victory today.
"Voters sent a message in November and they sent another one tonight, that change is coming to Washington. From every corner of the country and even this newly drawn district in Texas, American families made crystal clear that they trust Democrats to take our country in a new direction," Emanuel said.
Tuesday’s win officially brings to close the 2006 Congressional contest unless the House of Representatives refuses to accept the certified results of Florida’s 13th Congressional district where Republican Vern Buchanan defeated Democrat Christine Jennings by less than 400 votes. Some Democrats do not want Congress to seat Buchanan without a new election pointing to an unusaually high number of ballots in Sarasota county which did not contain a vote for a Congressional candidate.
But (apparently) Vote 2006 is now over.