Republican Party Mayra Flores converts a Texas House seat from blue to red.
Mayra Flores, a Republican Party, is expected to win a special election in Texas‘ 34th Congressional District, flipping a House seat after Rep. Filemon Vela, a Democrat, resigned in March and vacated the seat.
Flores will be the first Mexican-born congresswoman to serve in the House, with 51 percent of the vote over Democratic party Dan Sanchez’s 43 percent when the race was called by the Associated Press. When she was six years old, her family relocated to the United States.
Flores will serve out the balance of Vela’s term, which ends in January, and Republican Party were keen to reclaim the seat and make additional territory in the Lone Star state. Flores will represent the district, which stretches east of San Antonio and includes sections of the coast and Brownsville. After a freshly redesigned map supporting current 15th Congressional District Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, the Democratic contender for November’s general election to represent the 34th District, was built, the 34th Congressional District will basically be dissolved later this year.
Prior to the election, the two leading runners in the battle for a brief tenure on Capitol Hill were Sanchez, a Democrat who served as a Cameron County commissioner, and Flores, a Republican Party who outspent Sanchez and gained traction in the fight for the seat that had been empty for more than two months.
Sanchez, a pro-life Democrat who campaigned for president, was heavily outspent by Flores and received little national support. Earlier this month, it was revealed that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) spent thousands of dollars on an ad relationship with Sanchez, despite its strong support for abortion.
Sanchez stated that he is a Catholic and that he is pro-life “across the board” at a Facebook forum with Futuro RGV on May 31. Despite the endorsements of Vela and Gonzalez, Flores, who was endorsed by the Right to Life, attempted to win over some of the more moderate voters in the mainly Hispanic district.
Apart from the special election, Flores, a 2019 South Texas College graduate who won a four-way GOP primary in March, has received Gov. Greg Abbott’s support and will face Gonzalez in the November general election to represent the newly constituted 34th Congressional District.
Another Republican candidate in the special election on Tuesday, Juana Cantu-Cabrera, was beaten by Flores in the GOP primary in March after receiving only 7% of the vote.
Vela left in March to join Akin Gump, a major legal and lobbying firm, and the special election’s early voting began on May 31.