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  What's Next for Chet Edwards — and Waco?
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Last EditedBILLYW  Nov 04, 2010 10:37am
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AuthorMorgan Smith
News DateThursday, November 4, 2010 04:35:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionHad he won on Tuesday night, it would have solidified his reputation as a political miracle worker. Instead, U.S. Rep. Chet Edwards, D-Waco, lost the seat he's held for two decades to Republican Bill Flores, a political newcomer, by a 25-point margin.

Edwards' resounding defeat was only one of the night’s many hits to the Democratic Party’s solar plexus. The GOP dislodged 28-year incumbent U.S. Rep. Solomon Ortiz, D-Corpus Christi, from the 27th and reclaimed the 23rd from U.S. Rep. Ciro Rodriguez, D-San Antonio. In the Legislature, Republicans knocked off another senior Waco Democrat, state Rep. Jim Dunnam — along with 21 of his colleagues. The loss of Edwards, the powerful House Appropriations subcommittee chairman, though, is likely to engender the most speculation as Democrats pick up the pieces after Nov. 2.

What's next for Chet Edwards? And to a lesser extent, what's next for Waco, a city that enters a redistricting year without three of its legislative champions (Edwards, Dunnam and state Sen. Kip Averitt, who resigned earlier this year)?

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