I remember looking at this map in 2004 and the only blue in Texas other than "the (Rio Grande) valley" was Travis County where Austin is located. I'm told that this is the first time Harris County has gone to the Democratic presidential candidate since LBJ (that was 1964, for those of you who are too young to remember). I see that Dallas County is blue, too. Hope springs eternal! I am also especially happy to see that Florida and Ohio went for Obama....little consolation for the debacles there in 2000 and 2004, but a moral victory knowing that all the votes were counted this time around.