In what's becoming an increasingly obvious Republican sweep in the Texas House, 22 Democratic incumbents are behind in their races.
Both incumbents in traditionally Democratic districts and so-called WD-40s — Democrats holding office in districts considered Republican — are losing their foothold. In the WD-40 realm, Reps. Stephen Frost, Mark Homer, Jim McReynolds, and Joe Heflin are all struggling to keep up with their opponents; some are losing handily.
First term Democrats like Reps. Chris Turner, Robert Miklos, Carol Kent and Kristi Thibaut are also down at the polls — some way down, others hanging by a thread.
Meanwhile, the three Republican lawmakers who faced election-time scandals — Charles "Doc" Anderson, Linda Harper-Brown and Joe Driver — all are ahead by substantial margins.