The Republican write-in effort to hold former Rep. Tom DeLay’s congressional seat, once viewed as a long shot, has created a tight race, according to a Houston Chronicle-11 News poll.
Thirty-five percent of respondents said they would vote for a write-in candidate, a statistical tie with the 36 percent support for Democrat Nick Lampson, according to the poll of more than 500 likely voters in the 22nd Congressional District.
Most who say they will write in a candidate plan on naming Shelley Sekula-Gibbs, the Houston city councilwoman backed by the Republican Party. Two lesser-known candidates also are running as write-ins.
One voter in four is still undecided.
Libertarian Bob Smither, the only person besides Lampson on the general election ballot, drew 4 percent support.
The third option on that ballot is “write-in.” Voters who make that selection on the electronic voting machines that most will use are directed to an alphabet screen, where they use a wheel to spell out their choice’s name a letter at a time.
The District went for Bush in 2004 by 64%. And the paper notes:
Sekula-Gibbs may get a boost today, when President Bush visits Sugar Land for a get-out-the-vote rally. It is one of several free events the president is headlining in the waning days of the midterm campaign, hoping to energize the base and woo disenchanted Republicans.
Here, and in Florida’s 16th, is where GOTV can really make a difference as voters who want to keep the House in GOP hands only need good information to help accomplish just that.