Wednesday, October 4, 2023

GOP Notches Historic Flip in Texas Special Election

'Texans and voters across the country know Democrat policies are making their lives worse, and will vote Republican... '

(Mark Pellin, Headline USA) In a historic win on multiple levels, Republicans on Tuesday night flipped a U.S. House seat in Texas that Democrats have controlled for nearly three-quarters of a century, in what many prognosticators are calling the latest portend of a massive red wave midterm.

Republican Mayra Flores beat Democrat Dan Sanchez by an impressive 51% to 43% margin, becoming the first Mexican-born congresswoman to serve in the House, reported the Texas Tribune. Her family moved to the United States when she was 6 years old.

Flores’ victory flipped an 85% Hispanic district that President Joe Biden won by 13 points and Hillary Clinton took by 33 points.

“This historic win will bring back God to the halls of Congress! This win is for the people who were ignored for so long!” Flores tweeted.

“This is a message that the establishment will no longer be tolerated! We have officially started the red wave!! #TX34. God, Family, Country.”

The special election was needed to finish the term of Democrat Rep. Filemon Vela, who resigned in March to take a high-dollar lobbying gig, reported CNN.

Flores will be up for reelection in November for a full term, challenging incumbent Democrat Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, who is fleeing his current district to the more Democrat-friendly turf of the newly drawn 34th.

Despite the stacked numbers, Republicans are confident Flores can win and add another House seat in the GOP column.

“This election will show that voters in Texas’ 34th District are tired of Democrats’ incompetence at the border and record-high inflation,” National Republican Congressional Committee spokeswoman Torunn Sinclair said before Election Day.

“Texans and voters across the country know Democrat policies are making their lives worse, and will vote Republican.”

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