Hey, Dems: Don’t mess with Texas

Deep in the red heart of Texas, a Democrat is fighting for his political life.

Deep in the red heart of Texas, a Democrat is fighting for his political life.

Chet Edwards is a 10-term congressman in a district that is conservative to the core and includes Crawford, home to the ranch of former Republican President George W. Bush.

A centrist who supports abortion rights, Edwards has long defied the odds in a district the Cook Partisan Voting Index ranks as the most Republican currently held by a Democrat.

But 2010 is open season on Democrats, and Edwards, an avid dove hunter who exudes an earthy “good old boy” charm, is in a heated battle against Republican Bill Flores, a businessman campaigning on a platform of fiscal conservatism. Most polls and local pundits give Flores a lead.

Several residents of this far-flung rural district who backed Edwards before said this time they were voting against Obama in a referendum on his economic policies.

 
 
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