Switch gives Texas GOP critical 100-seat majority

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The general election was more than a month ago, yet the Republican tidal wave keeps getting bigger in Texas.

Two state House members are expected to announce Tuesday in Austin that they are switching from Democrats to Republicans, giving the GOP at least 100 seats in the House of Representatives in the 2011 legislative session.

That gives the GOP a critical super majority, meaning they have the power to roll over Democrats on key votes. The session begins Jan. 11.

Democrat Rep. Allan Ritter of Nederland in East Texas, was scheduled to announce his switch to the Republican party at a news conference at the state party headquarters. The parties are also watching to see if Democrat Rep. Aaron Pena of Edinburg on the border will also switch.