HOUSTON — Former Democratic congressman Ciro Rodriguez soundly defeated seven-term Republican Rep. Henry Bonilla on Tuesday in an unusual runoff to decide one of the nation's last unresolved House races.
With nearly all of the precincts reporting, Rodriguez led Bonilla, 54% to 45%.
Bonilla "has already conceded the race and called former congressman Rodriguez and indicated he would do anything he can do to help in the transition," Bonilla spokesman Phil Ricks said.
On Nov. 7, Bonilla won 49% of the vote, just shy of the majority he needed to avoid a runoff. Rodriguez was second, with 20%.
Bonilla's conservative stands on issues such as immigration had eroded his Latino support over the years. A 2003 redistricting plan engineered by then-House Majority Leader Tom DeLay cut the number of Latino precincts in the district, which would have minimized the problem.