Tooting My Own Horn
So what does this district look like? Burnt Orange Report has a nice profile.
Gore carried the district in 2000 51%-49%, but in 2004, Bush carried the district 53%-47%. In 2002, Democrat John Sharp carried TX-28 with 62% of the vote in the race for Lieutenant Governor, to Republican David Dewhurst's 38%. The 2003 redistricting made TX-28 less Democratic. The pre-2003 district went for Gore in 2000 by 59%-41%.
The district overall is 27.9% White, 64.5% Hispanic, 6.0% Black, 0.5% Asian, with the remaining 1.1% including Native Americans, other races, and those of two or more races. The total population was 651,620 people, as of the 2000 census. The district is 75.9% urban and 24.1% rural. The median income is $31,355, compared to a U.S. median income of $44,473 and a Texas median income of $41,275. 22.6% of the people in the district live below the poverty line. Jobs are 50.0% white collar, 30.7% blue collar, and 19.3% gray collar. 11.9% are military veterans. 52.9% speak a language other than English in the home. 9.5% do not speak English well.
They didn't like Kerry in this district, but Gore's numbers (despite having a native son on the ballot) and especially John Sharp's show that this is a solidly Democratic district. Lots more district info and data in that BOR post.
Does that middle part look familiar? It did to me. Because I wrote it! Woohoo!!!! I saw somewhere that Daily Kos gets about 700,000 readers per day. That makes this easily the most widely distributed writing I've ever done. And it's especially gratifying because I wrote it Friday night only to completely lose the entire post and re-write it from scratch.
Enough tooting my own horn. But damn, what a rush.