A Republican successfully won a historically blue district in Texas Tuesday night, a bad omen for Democrats this coming November.
Republican Mayra Flores will represent Texas’ 34th congressional district in the US House after winning Tuesday’s special election, beating her closest opponent, Democrat Dan Sanchez, with a 51%-43% vote to fill a seat left vacant by Rep. Filemon Vela Jr. (D).
The GOP’s win represents a catastrophic defeat for Democrats, who’ve held the predominantly Hispanic district since its creation in 2013, Adam Salazar writes.
Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott addressed the win on Twitter, saying, “Republican Mayra Flores just beat a Democrat to win an open seat for Congress in an historically Democrat district in South Texas.”
Trump in turn celebrated Flores’ victory on Truth Social, acknowledging that “No Republican has ever won this district.”
The new congresswoman also boasts the support of the world’s richest man Elon Musk, who had been signaling he would vote Republican in the coming elections as the Democrat party had veered too far left.
“I voted for Mayra Flores – first time I ever voted Republican. Massive red wave in 2022,” Musk tweeted early Wednesday following Flores’ victory.