chris bell

The Great Campaigner

Jan 21, 2013 By Jake Silverstein

After eleven contested elections dating back three decades, Rick Perry remains undefeated. Is he brilliant? Lucky? Ruthless? We asked the people who know best—his vanquished opponents.

How the Democrats can win

Dec 20, 2008 By Paul Burka

Houtopia, a Bayou City blogger, offered this comment to my sourpuss post about why Chris Bell lost. I am going to publish it here, because I think it is very smart, without being right. Mostly I agree that this race was lost for Bell the moment the Austin…

If I have to, I’ll write about Chris Bell’s defeat

Dec 19, 2008 By Paul Burka

A commenter keeps insisting that I write about the Chris Bell race. Boring. Look at the Georgia Senate race. The people who voted Democratic on election day did not care about down-ballot races. They voted straight ticket, but they only cared about Obama. They didn’t come back to vote in…

Huffman has solid lead in early returns

Dec 16, 2008 By Paul Burka

Harris County: Absentee vote: Huffman 70-30 Early vote: Huffman 58-42 Combined early vote: Huffman 62-37 Reports from other counties: Brazoria early vote: Huffman 62-37 Chambers: no returns Galveston: no returns Fort Bend: Huffman 70-30 Jefferson: Bell 83-17, but only 1,368 votes cast…

D operative says Bell is trailing in District 17 runoff

Dec 16, 2008 By Paul Burka

My source estimates the deficit at around 2,500 after early voting. A second source in Houston backs him up. If that is accurate, it’s going to be hard for Bell to make up the difference today. The report is that the turnout is light. Assuming that Huffman wins, you have…