When a heavily Hispanic district in South Texas elected its first Republican representative in more than a century, the victory gained national attention.
During a recent interview, incoming U.S. Rep. Mayra Flores opened up about what paved the way for her big win.
According to Fox News:
The congresswoman-elect argued on Sunday that the Democratic Party took voters in the district “for granted” and felt “entitled” to their vote. She went on to say that the party continuously made the same promises, but nothing had changed.
“I honestly had enough,” she said, explaining what prompted her to run for office.
Speaking during an interview on “Sunday Morning Futures,” Flores, who was born in Mexico and is married to a Border Patrol agent, argued that “South Texas has always been conservative,” noting that her district is “all about faith and family and hard work.”
Flores has received plenty of attention from prominent conservatives as her victory seems to set the stage for widespread GOP gains in the upcoming midterm elections.
Leaked chats from Twitter show a white male software engineer working for twitter doesn’t want anyone to vote for @MayraFlores2022. He expresses extreme rage that Elon Musk voted for her. Seems unhinged to me. Anyway, Congratulations Rep Flores!
— Cernovich (@Cernovich) June 17, 2022
I’m excited to endorse Congresswoman-elect @MayraFlores2022 for #TX34! Mayra has lived and embodied the American Dream. Her historic victory last Tuesday night is proof of two things: the GOP truly is the big tent party, and Americans are fired up for a red wave in 2022! pic.twitter.com/DBjDEPQFXy
— Tim Scott (@votetimscott) June 20, 2022
I must be a black supremacist for voting for President Trump… https://t.co/Idev0i8ur2
— Shukri Abdirahman (@ShuForCongress) June 18, 2022
The outcome might signal that Republicans are making gains within the Hispanic community.
As Politico explained:
Her victory has been hailed as another sign of Latinos increasingly shifting to the Republican Party, though it came with a caveat — because of redistricting, she will be competing in a redrawn version of her district against Democratic Rep. Vicente Gonzalez in the fall. That district is seen as somewhat more advantageous to Democratic candidates.
“I hope the DCCC learns their lesson with this before it happens across the country,” Gonzalez said after Flores’ victory Tuesday.
On Sunday, Flores expressed confidence about the fall campaign.
“Well honestly, it makes no difference,” she said. “I’m very confident in the work that we’re doing in south Texas.”
Here is a clip from her recent interview with Fox News Channel host Maria Bartiromo:
Mayra Flores: "The Vice President is useless, and I do agree that [Mayorkas] should be impeached." pic.twitter.com/81FR7qVTHq
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) June 19, 2022