DeLay complains about 'leftist' opposition - - Columbia, South Carolina

DeLay complains about 'leftist' opposition

(Sugar Land, Texas-AP) March 7, 2006 - Texas Congressman Tom DeLay says "every leftist organization in the country" has been working to remove him from his congressional seat.

DeLay faces three GOP challengers in Tuesday's primary.

He voted Tuesday morning in his first election since he was indicted and forced to leave his leadership job. And he predicted constituents will stand by him because they "get it."

He also referred to the charges brought against him by Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle as "a leftist abuse of power."

While no independent polls were taken for the balloting, a survey in January by the Houston Chronicle found DeLay's support in his district was 22 percent.

Only about half of those who voted for DeLay in 2004 said they would support him again.

A political scientist at Southern Methodist University in Dallas says DeLay will almost certainly win Tuesday. But Cal Jillson says DeLay will have to capture two-thirds of the vote in order to claim he's out of trouble.

Posted 8:45pm by Chantelle Janelle

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