(4 Oct 2018) IF A BLUE WAVE WASHES THROUGH TEXAS, DEMOCRAT LIZZIE PANNILL FLETCHER HAS TO SURF IT INTO SOME OF HOUSTON’S WEALTHIEST ENCLAVES…
SOUNDBITE (English) Lizzie Pannill Fletcher, Democratic Congressional Candidate, TX 7:
“We certainly have a lot of motivated Democrats in this district but we also have a lot of people who are showing up in the Democratic primary who said they’d always voted Republican in the past or they consider themselves independents .”
THE CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE  AND POLITICAL NOVICE IS VYING TO BEAT THE INCUMBENT REPUBLICAN IN TEXAS’ SEVENTH DISTRICT — A RELIABLY REPUBLICAN SEAT FOR MORE THAN 50 YEARS…
SOUNDBITE (English) Lizzie Pannill Fletcher, Democratic Congressional Candidate, TX 7:
“And I think what we’ve seen from voters from across the country and voters in this district is that the status quo isn’t working for us.”
HILLARY CLINTON WON THIS DISTRICT BY A POINT AND A HALF IN 2016—GIVING DEMOCRATS HOPE THEY HAVE A SHOT HERE —
SOUNDBITE (English) Pranav Joshi, Voter:  ” It doesn’t allow me..you know.. to call myself a republican in good faith.”
SEVENTH DISTRICT VOTER PRANAV JOSHI DESCRIBES HIMSELF AS A RECOVERING REPUBLICAN WHO WILL VOTE DEMOCRAT—BECAUSE OF PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP
SOUNDBITE (English) Pranav Joshi, Voter:  “They blindly supported a misogynistic racist egomaniac for the sake of power. Those are not conservative values. Those weren’t republican values.”
POLITICAL ANALYSTS SAY THE TEXAS SEVENTH, WITH VOTERS THAT TEND TO BE WEALTHY AND HIGHLY EDUCATED, IS IN PLAY.
SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) BRANDON ROTTINGHAUS, UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON, POLITICAL ANALYST: “One of the things I find is that women candidates do better in democratic circles than their male counter parts.”
WOMEN SOURING ON TRUMP IN NEIGHBORHOODS LIKE THIS FUELED UPSET VICTORIES IN VIRGINIA, PENNSYLVANIA AND OHIO IN THE LAST YEAR.
SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) BRANDON ROTTINGHAUS, UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON, POLITICAL ANALYST: “For this election in congressional district 7, suburban woman are going to be the difference maker.”
Natural sound up: ” you were there for me…”
BUT THE REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE JOHN CULBERSON AND HIS SUPPORTERS— SAY THAT WON’T APPLY IN 2018—
SOUNDBITE (English) Julianne Blodgett, Culberson Supporter: ” I did not vote for president trump to be pastor, sure he’s said a few things here and there that are not perfect, and hey so have I.”
SOUNDBITE (English) Rep. John Culberson, R- TX 7:
“Hillary Clinton won district seven by default because enough republicans skipped the straight party vote, they skipped the presidential vote the came out to vote for me.”
ADDING HIS ACCOMPLISHMENTS OUTWEIGH OUTRAGE AGAINST THE PRESIDENT—
SOUNDBITE (English) Rep. John Culberson, R- TX 7:
“The voters of district 7 have always shown themselves to be common sense fiscal conservatives, free market people who understand how important it is to cut taxes, lighten the regulatory touch.”
AND WILL PERSUADE WOMEN VOTERS TO GIVE HIM ANOTHER TERM…
SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Claire Silliman, 7th District voter:
“I’m defintely focused on people who I feel like I can trust. And I think for woman that’s a huge factor.”  
CLAIRE SILLIMAN SAYS SHE’S LEANING REPUBLICAN BUT CONCEDES THE RACE COULD BE CLOSE—
SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Claire Silliman, 7th District voter:
” It could be tough year for republicans, for sure.”
…IN A DISTRICT WHICH THE CHALLENGER SAYS 55 PERCENT OF THE VOTERS ARE WOMEN.
JOHN MONE ASSOCIATED PRESS HOUSTON.

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