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HD-144: Joel Redmond (D) vs. Ken Legler (R) - Open Seat


by: Phillip Martin

Tue Oct 14, 2008 at 02:00 AM CDT


STATE OF THE RACE: Toss UP

Candidate Page: Joel Redmond
Candidate Page: Ken Legler

House District Map: District 144
District History: 2006 Election Results

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30-Day Out Campaign Finance Report:

HD-144: Redmond vs. Legler
Contributions Expenditures Cash on Hand
Democrat Joel Redmond
$137,045.24 $89,666.32 $90,445.56
Republican Ken Legler
$44,719.51 $24,310.64 $14,276.07
Redmond's Advantage $92,325.73 $65,355.68 $76,169.49

Another of many open seats in Texas this cycle, Democrat Joel Redmond is running an impressive campaign to win back a Republican seat formerly held by State Rep. Robert Talton. Talton -- though a staunch opponent of Tom Craddick -- was one of the most conservative Republicans in the Texas House. Therefore, this is the rare seat where a Democratic pick-up wins us on all policy votes, and is a "hold" for the mythical and ever-elusive Speaker tally.

But back to Redmond. Did you see thsoe fundraising numbers? And we learn this from Kuff's interview with him:

As of Labor Day [Redmond] had visited half of the 40,000 homes with registered voters in them.

I will only add that Redmond is doing an obviously outstanding job running a ground game in Harris County, an area of the state where Republicans already have their hands full. While it can be hard to separate all the races in Harris County -- home to our U.S. Senate candidate, a competitive U.S. House race, a potential pickup in the State Senate, several State House races, and an entire County official slate -- it may end up benefiting Redmond that his seat flies under the radar.

Don't be surprised to see this race move up the rankings -- for Democrats -- in the coming weeks.

Here are some other links that previous coverage of the race on Burnt Orange Report:

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