New District Makes Once-Beatable Texas Congressman Safe

VICTORIA (October 27, 2012)--U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Corpus Christi, upset a near 30-year Democratic incumbent during the tea party surge of 2010, but the attorney and radio show host looked to be a goner this election cycle, until some creative redistricting handed him a new, safely Republican district.

Farenthold's only real problem now is whether he's conservative enough for his new territory.

He voted in favor of raising the federal debt ceiling and supports a national guest worker program, but some conservative voters have accused him of compromising too much.

Rose Meza Harrison, Farenthold's Democratic challenger, insists he's more vulnerable than the electoral maps suggest.

She also scoffs at the notion he's considered by some a moderate, saying Farenthold adheres to the Republican Party line on nearly all key issues.

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