Mayra Flores (R) has pulled off the upset in tonight’s special election in south Texas, flipping an 84% Hispanic district to the GOP.
RACE CALL: Mayra Flores (R) is projected to win tonight's special election in south Texas, flipping an 84% Hispanic district to the GOP. The district voted Biden +13 in 2020. pic.twitter.com/TLcmQodIZt
— Election Wizard (@ElectionWiz) June 15, 2022
The race was called at 10:15 p.m. EDT.
— NewsWire (@NewsWire_US) June 15, 2022
The Texas Tribune reported:
With all precincts reporting Tuesday night, Flores had 50.98% of the vote and Sanchez had 43.33%. There were two other, lesser-known candidates — Democrat Rene Coronado and Republican Juana “Janie” Cantu-Cabrera — in the race.
The special election was held under the previous lines of the 34th District, which Biden won by 4 percentage points.
However, redistricting has made the district more Democrat-friendly in November, when the Democratic nominee is U.S. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, D-McAllen.
Flores and her allies spent over $1 million in TV ads in the special election, while Democrats largely ignored the district.
Democrats argued it wasn’t worth saving the seat when it will be up for election again this November with more favorable boundaries.
Let’s see how that strategy works for Democrats in the predominately Hispanic region.
In the meantime, get to know Mayra Flores:
The far left are destroying the American dream. When I was little my family legally immigrated to America. They taught me conservative values: faith, family, & hard work. I will not let the far left & socialist policies by the Biden Administration destroy this great country #TX34 pic.twitter.com/43L4WzyNzr
— Mayra Flores (@MayraFlores_TX) May 17, 2022