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By David A. Clarke Jr.
Blame Washington's intelligence failure, not lack of police
Topic - Solomon P. Ortiz
House Republicans picked up two additional seats this week, winning with "tea party"-backed candidates in New York and Texas to give the party a net gain of 63 seats with two races still undecided.
With a well-funded, centrist Houston mayor running for governor at the top of the ballot, Texas Democrats were hopeful that the party would defy expectations in the 2010 midterm elections and knock off the nation's second-longest-serving governor in one of the nation's reddest states.
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"I don't care if they put in a cubicle in a cafeteria, which is where I was during [last week's freshman] orientation," he said. "I just want to get to Washington and serve the people."
In Texas' 27th District, for example, GOP challenger Blake Farenthold has been declared the winner, but 14-term incumbent Democratic Rep. Solomon P. Ortiz said election officials have discovered a bag of uncounted votes that could change the outcome.