Republican Mayra Flores defeated the leading Democratic nominee for an open congressional seat in a historically blue region of south Texas in a special election Tuesday.
Flores, who will be the first Mexican-born congresswoman, received about 51% of the vote ahead of Dan Sanchez, who received 43% of the vote, with all counties reporting.
The seat was vacated by former Democratic MP Filemon Vela in March.
Just after 9:30 p.m., Flores declared victory at her poll party in San Benito, the Texas Tribune reported.
“We’ve been taken for granted for over 100 years,” she told her followers, according to the report. “I’m going to show you what real representation looks like. I will represent all people.”
Sanchez conceded Tuesday night, blaming Democrats for their lack of support.
“Based on the results, we came up short tonight…” he said in a statement to the Tribune.
“Too many factors were against us, including little to no support from the National Democratic Party and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.”
Another election for the seat will take place in November.
Flores supported by Texas Gov. Greg Abbot and Sen. Ted Cruz., spent over $1 million on election commercials while Democrats decided it wasn’t worth investing in a race that would be winnable again in the fall, the newspaper reported .
President Joe Biden had won Texas’ 34th District in the 2020 election by just 4 points.
https://nypost.com/2022/06/15/texas-republican-mayra-flores-wins-special-election-defeating-democrat-dan-sanchez/ Texas Republican Mayra Flores wins the special election, defeating Democrat Dan Sanchez