October 28th, 2010
07:25 AM ET
12 years ago

CNN 100: Incumbent Dem in trouble in Texas

Editor's Note: In the final 100 days before Election Day, CNN has been profiling one race at random each day from among the nation's top 100 House races, which we've dubbed "The CNN 100." Read the full list here.

Today's featured district is: Texas 17th District
Primary: March 2nd
Where: East Texas
Days until election: 5

Rep. Chet Edwards (D-Texas) knows a bit about close calls when it comes to elections. He edged out Republican opponent Rob Curnock by 53 % to 45% in 2008, but 2010 might be an even tougher fight.

Edwards is facing Republican Bill Flores, a former oil and gas executive, who has racked up some hefty endorsements from Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney despite the fact that he has no political experience.

As the chairman of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee and the co-chairman of the House Army Caucus veterans, Edwards has enjoyed strong support from veterans groups.

Throughout the campaign, Edwards has touted his credentials on military issues and his 'no vote' for the Obama administration's health care bill.

Yet Flores has emphasized Edwards' ties to Obama administration policies and has attacked Edwards' votes for the stimulus bill and the Troubled Asset Relief Program, also known as the bank bailout.

According to a recent Hill poll, Flores is leading Edwards 52 percent to 40 with 7 percent of likely voters undecided. The survey consisted of 404 phone interviews among likely voters and has a sampling error of plus or minus 4.9 percent.

Filed under: 2010 • Chet Edwards • CNN 100 • Texas
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