2016 Election

Senator Bernie Sanders is an  independent  who ran  for  President  in 2016 as a Democrat. Tom, is also an independent,  and he ran  for  Congress  in  2016 against Lamar Smith as a Democrat.  Of the 16 Congressional races Smith has run, no Democrat was on the ballot in five of them. In races with a Democrat on the ballot, Smith, who was first elected in 1986, received no less than 60%  of the vote.

In  2016,  with  Tom  on  the  ballot  and  running  as  an independent progressive democrat he received more votes than any candidate that has ever run against Smith. He did that with very little money, spending a $1.84 per vote. That electoral  feat,  which  was orchestrated by Tom and his campaign team, resulted in Smith's percentage  dropping to 57%.  A  congressional district  is  considered  competitive  when  the  winning candidate garners no more than 55 % of the vote.