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Poe to unseat Lampson in Texas

GOP projected to grab another with Texas' redrawn 2nd District

Republican Ted Poe was endorsed by President George H.W. Bush.
House: TX 02 Updated: 5:33 p.m. ET
Poe 55%
Lampson 43%
100% precincts reporting
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(CNN) -- Rep. Nick Lampson, a four-term congressman whose district was redrawn into a heavily GOP-leaning area, will be one of several Texas Democrats swept out of office, CNN projects.

Republican Ted Poe, who relied on a familiar face -- former President George H.W. Bush -- to get him acquainted with voters, will win the 2nd District, according to CNN projections.

In late October, Bush endorsed Poe's bid to unseat Lampson, saying he wanted to make sure Congress continues to support his son. But Lampson did his best to assure the people of the 2nd District that he would support President George W. Bush just as well.

"I would have been surprised had a former president, who lives in the hometown of a Republican candidate, come out and endorsed anyone else," Lampson said. "I feel I have been supportive of President Bush's son and certainly have been with regard to Iraq."

While he agreed with President Bush on the war in Iraq, Lampson differed with the president on tax cuts. However, he favored a tax credit program in which employers are rewarded when jobs are produced, and he voted for targeted tax cuts for small-business owners.

In contrast, Poe supported President Bush's tax cuts and said he believes they should be made permanent. He also supports a simpler tax code, including consideration of a consumption tax. Poe is anti-abortion and said during the campaign that he would support an amendment banning gay marriage.

Lampson did better in fund-raising than his opponent, and some Republicans questioned the quality of Poe's campaign. But Poe received financial support from the National Republican Congressional Committee and showed a slight edge -- 41 percent to 37 percent -- in a poll released in late October by the Lampson campaign.

Lampson, 59, received his Bachelor's Degree in Biology and his Masters Degree in Education from Lamar University. He taught biology in the Beaumont public school system, then went on to teach real estate and management courses at Lamar. He successfully ran for the Jefferson County property tax assessor in 1976 and served in that office for almost 20 years. In 1996, he was elected to represent Texas' 9th Congressional District, winning a six-way Democratic primary and going on to defeat a Republican incumbent.

Poe, 56, received a B.A. in Political Science from Abilene Christian University and his J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center. He was chief felony prosecutor with the district attorney of Harris County for eight years, then served as a felony court judge in Houston for 20 years.

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