A dark blue House district in South Texas turned bright red after Tuesday’s special election – suggesting that the November midterm elections could be more successful for Republicans than previously thought.
Mexican-born GOPer Mayra Flores won the four-person race with 51% of the vote for the outgoing Democratic Republican Philmon Vela. Democrat Dan Sanchez, his follower in the Vela congress, came in second with only 43.3 percent of the vote.
The result in a district where 85% of the population is Latino – and which Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton won by more than 20% in the 2012 and 2016 presidential elections, respectively – sent shockwaves through the political landscape.
“That’s how I felt when I saw some changes in the Apalachia in 2010, or the Blue Collar Areas in 2016.” RealClearPolitics senior election analyst Sean Trend tweeted. As the results came out on Tuesday night. “Other than that, I didn’t really think I’d see another 20 years or more. Just amazing.”
Signs of change in the district’s right appeared in the 2020 election, when President Biden defeated Donald Trump by just 4 percentage points, and Flores paid tribute to the 45th president in his victory speech.
“We cannot accept the increase [in the price] Gas, food, medicine, we can’t accept that. And we have to state the facts, that under President Trump, we didn’t have that mess in this country, “he told a cheerful crowd.
Flores, who is married to a Border Patrol agent, ran amok. Border security And it had the full support of the Republican National Committee – spending more than 1 1 million on TV commercials to introduce itself to voters. Texas Tribune. As a result, she became the first Republican since 1870 to represent any part of the Rio Grande Valley.
“Congratulations to Myra Flowers, the next Congresswoman for TX-34! Myra is leading the charge of Republicans working to make South Texas red,” RNC Chair Rona McDaniel said in a statement. “She is a staunch conservative who will be proud of RGV, and we will continue to work for her re-election in November.”
Flores also won the support of his most famous new constituency, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who owns a home in Boca Chikha – part of the district that makes snakes on the Gulf Coast between Brownsville and Corpus Christi. And before entering rural South Texas.
Flores tweeted Wednesday, “I woke up this morning, I still feel unrealistic about everything that has happened in the last 24 hours.” Getting Elon Musk’s vote was just icing on the cake and I Can’t wait to work with the team! The American dream is worth fighting for.
It will not take long for Flores to serve in Congress. As she completes the rest of Vela’s term, she will have to run against representative Vicente Gonzalez to retain her seat. The redesigned 34th District will be more friendly to Democrats, who cited the low turnout nature of Tuesday’s special election and the money to reduce Flores’ victory.
“Based on the results, we emerged briefly tonight, despite spending millions of dollars on state interests and the entire Republican machine,” Sanchez said in a statement. “Many factors were against us, including little or no support from the National Democratic Party and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.”
But with the Republicans attacking this mid-season, Tuesday’s victory is a sign of what is possible for them on November 8.
“The new ‘reality’ is Biden +4 more than Clinton +21 or even Vela +13 (which happened in 2020),” said election analyst Kyle Kondak. Tweeted Tuesday night.. “Some warnings, very low turnout, a lot of financial support for the R candidate. But I think that’s the only thing that explains it these days.