Republican Mayra Flores flips Texas House District red in special election

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Republican Mayra Flores is set to win a special election in Texas’ 34th congressional district, flipping a House seat after Rep. Filemon Vela, who held the seat for nearly 10 years, resigned in March and left the headquarters.

Flores, who had 51% of the vote to Democratic nominee Dan Sanchez’s 43% when the Associated Press called the race, will become the first Mexican-born congresswoman to serve in the House. Her family moved to the United States when she was six years old.

Flores will complete the remainder of Vela’s term, which expires in January, and Republicans were eager to win the seat and gain ground in the Lone Star State to represent the district that stretches east from San Antonio. with parts along the coast to Brownsville. As currently drawn, the 34th congressional district will essentially disband later this year after a newly redrawn map is constructed favoring the current representative’s 15th congressional district. Vicente Gonzalez, the Democratic nominee in the November general election to represent the 34th district.

Republican Mayra Flores and Democrat Dan Sanchez faced off Tuesday in a special election race to represent Texas' 34th congressional district for the remainder of Democratic Rep. Filemon Vela's term that expires in January.
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Republican Mayra Flores and Democrat Dan Sanchez faced off Tuesday in a special election race to represent Texas’ 34th congressional district for the remainder of Democratic Rep. Filemon Vela’s term that expires in January.
(Bill Clark, CQ Campaign-Roll Call, Inc/Dan Sanchez)

Before the election, the top two in the short-term race on Capitol Hill were Sanchez, a former Cameron County commissioner, a Democrat, and health care worker Flores, a Republican who outspent Sanchez and took on l scale in the race for the seat. vacant for more than two months.

Sanchez, a pro-life Democrat who ran for office, was heavily outmatched by Flores and didn’t receive much support nationally. Earlier this month, it was revealed that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), despite its overwhelming support for abortion, had shelled out thousands of dollars in an advertising partnership with Sanchez.

Dan Sanchez is a Democratic candidate in the special election for Texas' 34th congressional district.

Dan Sanchez is a Democratic candidate in the special election for Texas’ 34th congressional district.
(Dan Sanchez Campaign)

On a May 31 forum featured on Facebook with Futuro RGV, Sanchez said he was Catholic and made it clear he was pro-life “on every level”. Despite Vela and Gonzalez’s endorsements, Flores, who received the right to life endorsement, aimed to garner support from several of the more moderate voters in the heavily Hispanic district.

Besides the special election race, Flores, a 2019 South Texas College grad who emerged victorious in a four-way primary race for the GOP in March, won Governor Greg Abbott’s endorsement and will face Gonzalez in an election. general in November. represent the newly redesigned 34th congressional district.

Mayra Flores

Mayra Flores
(Mayra Flores Campaign)

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Juana Cantu-Cabrera, another Republican candidate in Tuesday’s special election race, was defeated by Flores in the GOP primary in March after garnering just 7% of the vote.

Vela resigned in March to take a job at Akin Gump, a leading law and lobbying firm, and early voting for the special election began May 31.

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