Many predicted it would happen, either this election cycle or next, but it was a close-run thing.
In the end, though, Harris County turned Democratic.
For the first time since LBJ, the county did not go for the Republican presidential candidate. Democrats pretty much swept the judicial races, although the GOP won the county judge and DA contests.
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Obama took Harris County with 50.5 percent of the vote; not as impressive as Dallas County's 57 percent or the 64 percent he received in the socialist-infected Travis County.
There's every reason, demographically, to think the trend will continue, and that's why maneuvering began late last night for all the judicial races in 2010.
-- Richard Connelly