Breaking: Mexican-Born Texas Republican Flips House Seat in Special Election

Republican Mayra Flores is projected to best her Democratic opponent Dan Sanchez in a special election in Texas’ 34th Congressional District, flipping a House seat and becoming the country’s first Mexican-born congresswoman.

As of Wednesday morning, Flores had garnered 50.98 percent of the vote to Sanchez’s 43.33 percent, with all precincts reporting. With the support of top Texas Republicans including Governor Greg Abbott and Senator Ted Cruz, she entered the race after former Democratic Representative Filemón Vela resigned. Flores will serve out the remainder of his term until November, when she will compete against Democratic Representative Vicente Gonzalez after redistricting that pollsters say favors him.

“For over 100 years, we have been taken for granted,” Flores said at her election night party in San Benito. “I will show you what real representation looks like. I will represent all people.”

Flores’ triumph represents a gain in territory in South Texas for the GOP, which has been keen to recover a majority in the House in November. However, the head of the Texas Democratic Party, Gilberto Hinojosa, warned that the celebration would be temporary, predicting that Flores would hold the seat for a matter of months.

“In January 2023, this seat will rightfully return to Democratic hands,” Hinojosa said, the Texas Tribune reported.

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Mexican-Born Texas Republican Flips House Seat in Special Election

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