Where Republican Math Gets Complicated

Bernard Erickson switched parties on the last day of 1993, becoming a Democrat before his 1994 attempt to get re-elected to the Texas House.

He lost narrowly — the most painful way to lose — to Arlene Wohlgemuth, a Republican homemaker and pilot from Burleson. Wohlgemuth won by just 46 votes on Election Day, and Erickson asked for a recount. She prevailed, then ran unsuccessfully for Congress. She is now executive director of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, based in Austin.

After the election, Erickson went home to Cleburne, having secured the distinction of switching just as the political tide was turning ...

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