Republican Myra Flores defeated the leading Democratic nominee for an open congressional seat in the historically blue region of South Texas in a special election Tuesday.
Flores, who would be the Mexican-born first congresswoman, received nearly 51% of the vote over top Dan Sanchez, who received 43% of the vote, with all regions reporting.
The seat was vacated by former Democratic Representative Philemon Vela in March.
Shortly after 9:30 p.m., Flores declared victory at his election party in San Benito, reports the Texas Tribune.
Reportedly, she told her supporters, “For more than 100 years, we have been taken lightly.” “I’ll show you what a real representation looks like. I’ll represent all the people.”
Sanchez acknowledged Tuesday night and blamed Democrats for the lack of support.
“Based on the results, we came up short tonight…” he said in a statement to the Tribune.
“A lot of factors were against us, with little or no support from the National Democratic Party and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.”
Another election for this seat will be held in November.
Flores, backed by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Senator Ted Cruz, spent more than $1 million on ads for the election, while Democrats decided it was not worth investing in a race that was set to hold again in the fall. Will be ready, informed about the paper.
President Joe Biden won the 34th district of Texas in the 2020 election by just 4 points.