Jim Sharp wasn't feeling too sharp the morning of Nov. 5. He'd been up all night watching election returns -- results that eventually showed he had become the first Democrat elected to Houston's 1st Court of Appeals in more than a decade. Sharp's win means something, several political observers say: Intermediate appellate courts in large urban counties especially in Dallas and Houston are no longer seen as the completely safe seats for Republicans they once were.
Republicans Win Appellate Court Nailbiter Races
November 10, 2008
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