Edwards, Flores Prepare For Election NightNov. 2, 2010
We heard first from the incumbent Democrat, Chet Edwards, who voted with his family this morning at the MHMR Center on West Waco Drive. The 20 year congressman is facing his stiffest challenge in years from Bryan energy executive Bill Flores, who visited with voters at First Baptist Church in Woodway. He said he senses enthusiasm from voters both locally and nationally that he says are fed up with the current Congress.
For Flores, it was one of a number of stops between Burleson and Bryan, where he'll watch the returns this evening. Congressman Edwards and his campaign staff and volunteers had a busy day planned as well, culminating in his viewing party this evening in downtown Waco.
Polls show the incumbent, the self-described underdog, trailing anywhere between four to twelve points, in fitting with a national political climate favorable to Republican challengers. Still, MCC history professor and politcal analyst Ashley Cruseturner told Waco NPR last month that he expects it to be close when the final results are tallied.
As both candiates greeted voters, election officials reported steady turnout across the region. This steady flow comes on the heels of large numbers of early voters. With the polls set to close this evening, both candidates sounded reflective as they anticipated what's next. For Flores, it was a focus on the work put into challenging a 20 year incumbent.
An emotional Edwards said that meeting families who lost loved ones and veterans recently put whatever happens tonight into perspective for him.
We'll have coverage from both camps tomorrow on Morning Edition and analysis in the days to come. For KWBU News, I'm Derek Smith.