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The GOP Women Problem In Texas

Texas, which holds its primaries today, currently has a whopping 32 congressional districts, 23 of which are held by Republicans. Put another way, close to 10 percent of all the 242 US House Republicans represent Texas. After decennial reapportionment, Texas gets four additional districts beginning with this year's elections. What I'm getting at is that as long as Kay Granger is the only Republican woman in the Texas delegation, the party's operating from way behind in working toward something within screaming distance of gender parity in Congress.

I am far from expert on what's likely to happen in the Texas congressional races this year. But from what I understand, there are four districts where a new Republican could realistically win a seat. They are Ron Paul's 14th district; the redrawn 25th; and the new 34th and 36th.

The 14th, considered likely to remain in GOP hands post-Paul, is expected to require a run-off, and Pearland City Councilwoman Felicia Harris is considered a serious candidate with a chance at one of the two spots.

The newly solid-Republican 25th is also likely headng to a run-off, with Highland Village Mayor Dianne Costa having a chance at one of the two spots.

The 34th is considered likely to be won by a Democrat, but on the off-chance that a Republican can pull the upset, two of the three running for the GOP nomination are women.

And the solidly-Republican 36th has a swarm of GOP candidates, among whom Lois Myers does not seem likely to win the nomination.

Just five other Republican women -- plus Granger -- are running in the other 32 districts. Two are running hopeless challenges to incumbent Republicans. The other three are in competitive primaries for the chance to almost certainly lose in the general election.

Meanwhile, Republicans will choose a male nominee to succeed Kay Bailey Hutchison in the US Senate. But there are a couple of Republican women running for the open Railroad Commissioner slot, which is a pretty big deal in Texas.

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