After 20 years, Edwards loses seat to Flores

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Chet Edwards conceded his seat to Republican Bill Flores, one of the numerous party flips that have occurred across the nation tonight.

Some interesting facts concerning the type of voting that McLennan County used:

• More than 55,000 votes were cast in McLennan County with 29,706 early votes or nearly 54 percent of the votes. Election day votes accounted for 25,886 votes.

• In 2006, early votes compromised only 39 percent of the votes in McLennan County, meaning that the county has seen a nearly 15 percent increase in early voting.

Tomorrow’s issue of The Baylor Lariat will include the staff coverage of the U.S. Representative, State representative and district attorney races. Other coverage includes students learning from a class on election night and how the House power is likely changing party hands.

Thanks for following our blog, Twitter feed and website today and we hope you’ll continue to read and contribute to The Lariat.

– Nick


Associated Press claiming an Edwards defeat; 20 precent of precincts reporting

By Angela Brown
Associated Press

WACO, Texas (AP) — Democratic Rep. Chet Edwards was ousted Tuesday night after 20 years in Congress.
Republican Bill Flores, an oil and gas executive who had never run for public office, defeated the longtime congressman by capitalizing on anti-government sentiment sweeping the nation. Many voters had grown impatient with what they say is a slow-moving economic recovery.
But Edwards had distanced himself from President Barack Obama’s policies and said he had an independent voting record.
Edwards was no stranger to tough races, as the central Texas district was one of the most conservative in the nation represented by a Democrat.
His closest race was in 2004, when he was the only Texas Democrat in a competitive race to keep his seat after the GOP-led redrawing of the state’s congressional districts.

New York Times transforms website to election information command center

Without the chatter of analysts or the newsflashes darting below the television screen, The New York Times has transformed its website into a control center too high tech for even true political nerds but so clear and easy to use that the normally uninterested can find their way around.

Showing the transfer of seats in both the House and the Senate, as elections wrap up and the winners role in, the Times’ site will be updating the information. The front page of The New York Times website
If you’ve never before been interested in politics but what to understand what is happening on a national level, the Times’ site is definitely for you. From what is happening in the heated Northeastern races to what is happening right here in McLennan County, the Times’ has provided its myriad of readers with an adjustable, informative layout that gives you as much (or as little) as you are looking to take in.

– Nick

Early voting results from McLennan County

According to the McLennan County Elections office, Republican contender Bill Flores took home 7 percent more of the overall early votes than incumbent Chet Edwards. Edwards won 46.08 percent of the early votes and Flores took 53.16 percent. More than 29,000 early votes were cast in the U.S. Rep. race in McLennan County, an increase of more than 8,000 early votes for that seat in 2006.

Other numbers from McLennan County early voting:

Texas Governor

Rick Perry- 56.5 percent
Bill White- 41.33 percent

State Representative, District 56

“Doc” Anderson- 59.62 percent
John Mabry- 37.44 percent
Neill Snider- 2.94 percent

Criminal District Attorney

Abel Reyna- 58.82 percent
John Segrest- 41.18 percent

– Nick

From AP: Votes from out of this world

By Marcia Dunn
Associated Press

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Red states. Blue states. And now voting from a weightless state.

The three Americans orbiting the planet on Election Day have cast their ballots.

Space station astronaut Scott Kelly voted Sunday via a secure e-mail system. Douglas Wheelock and Shannon Walker also voted recently 200-plus-miles up. Kelly said Tuesday it was an “honor and a privilege” to vote from the International Space Station.

As for the six shuttle astronauts headed soon to the space station, they voted back home in Houston before heading to NASA’s Florida launch site last week. Discovery is scheduled to lift off Wednesday.

Texas legislators passed a bill in 1997 allowing astronauts to vote from orbit. Space station residents have taken advantage of that many times since.

Facebook gives voters virtual “I voted” sticker

The normal election day hand out — a sticker proclaiming “I voted” next to a waving American flag — has been digitally revamped by the social networking giant Facebook. This year, voters are able to tell Facebook that they voted. Once they do that, friends of the voter are notified on their Facebook news feeds via a new banner featuring a red and white button.

In the digital age, it is no wonder that Facebook users are getting to publicize their contribution to society. What’s your take on Facebook’s new patriotic feature?

Rainy, cold weather doesn’t stop Baylor Dems

Members of the Baylor Democrats have been campaigning today in final attempts to support U.S. Representative Chet Edwards in his race against his strong opponent Bill Flores. Lizzy Joyce, president of the Baylor Democrats and a Houston senior at Baylor said the weather hasn’t put a damper on their efforts.

“It’ll be more difficult but we’re persevering and working through it,” Joyce said. “We have panchos and rain boots, so we’re prepared to work and go around knocking on doors.”

The well-known grass roots tactics of knocking on doors and wielding signs aren’t being halted by the less-than appealing weather.

“It is so much harder to get visibility, but we’re also making phone calls to people as well as going door to door, so that helps,” Joyce said.

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