Counting Congress Out
Letter to the Editor:
All across America, congress has a 12% approval rating. Only 12% of US citizens are satisfied with the actions of congress.
The primary election season is almost over. The results in Texas are typical of those in other states where the primary elections are complete. What follows is what happened in Texas. But first, a little background information.
The congressional districts in Texas are so gerrymandered, each district is either heavily democrat or heavily republican. So, the person winning the republican primary in a predominately republican district will almost certainly be elected to congress in November; likewise for those winning the democrat primary in a democrat district. Only the reddest of republicans and bluest of democrats vote in the primaries; independents ignore them.
Of the 20 (of 36) Texas congressional districts in which the incumbent was challenged in his/her primary (16 republicans, 4 democrats) only 1 incumbent was defeated. Hence, 5% of the challenged incumbents were defeated or 95% of challenged incumbents will likely be re-elected in November!
Wake up America! Vote against the incumbent; in the primary if possible but if the incumbent survives his/her primary, vote against them in November 6! Independent voters count then … maybe.
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