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Republican who flipped blue House seat in Texas says her victory sends ‘strong message’ to Democrats

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Republican Rep.-elect Mayra Flores suggests Democrats should take her victory in a distinctive congressional election in Texas as a warning indicator to end using Hispanic voters for granted.

Flores, who gained a contest Tuesday for an open seat Residence seat together the nation’s southern border in the Rio Grande Valley, made background as the very first Mexican-born congresswoman. And she’s the very first Republican to acquire in the heavily Hispanic district given that it was established a 10 years ago.

“The Democrat Get together has been in handle listed here in South Texas for in excess of 100 yrs and experience entitled to our vote. They feel they never have to do anything at all to earn our vote. And we despatched a solid information to Washington, and we sent a sturdy information to Democrat Occasion that you have to get to function. If not, you are likely to get voted out,” Flores warned in an interview with Fox Information the early morning right after her victory.


The district, which stretches from places east of San Antonio down to the southern border, was when a Democratic stronghold. Then-President Obama carried it by 22 details a decade ago, but President Biden’s profitable margin was just 4.2 details in 2020. 

Asked why the district’s two counties that border Mexico — Cameron and Hidalgo counties — swung closely in direction of her, Flores answered “because I’m a person of them and I’m also standing up for our values. God, spouse and children, our group. That is who we are in South Texas. We’re all about tough operate.”

Republican congressional candidate Mayra Flores, who won a special election on Tuesday in Texas' 34th Congressional District. Flores becomes the first Mexican born woman ever elected to Congress

Republican congressional prospect Mayra Flores, who received a unique election on Tuesday in Texas’ 34th Congressional District. Flores gets to be the first Mexican born lady ever elected to Congress
(Mayra Flores congressional marketing campaign)

Flores topped 50% — avoiding a runoff — in a 4-candidate race, edging Democrat Dan Sanchez by just about 8 details, to fill out the last 6 moths of the time period of previous Democratic Rep. Filemon Vela, who resigned in March to consider a job as with a lobbying agency.

Not only does Flores’ victory narrow by just one seat the Residence Democrats’ currently razor-thin the greater part in the chamber, but it also presents Republicans far more momentum heading into November’s midterm elections, when they aim to flip other Democratic managed Hispanic majority districts.

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“This is just the starting and I consider that Hispanics throughout the state are going to see that far more Hispanics are becoming a member of the Republican Bash and they will do the investigation of why and when they do, they’ll realize that their values align with the Republican Get together,” Flores predicted.

And Flores, a respiratory therapist who spotlighted her tale as the wife of a U.S. Border Patrol agent and as a Mexican immigrant whose dad and mom introduced her to the U.S. as a youngster, reported “there’s a indicating that Hispanics are Republican, they just don’t know it. Properly, we know it now.”

A memo launched Wednesday by the Countrywide Republican Congressional Committee, which is the re-election arm of the Dwelling GOP, pointed out that “Democrats have dominated elections in the intensely Hispanic Rio Grande Valley for more than 100 yrs,” and argued that “Flores’ victory in the TX-34 Unique Election is proof that Republicans have a winning information with Hispanic voters and that no Democrat is protected in the existing political natural environment.”

The seat was a single of 3 border districts in Texas the NRCC was aiming to flip from blue to red this 12 months. They’ve also acquired their eyes on turning the greater part Hispanic districts in Arizona and California in November.

“Mayra’s victory proved we have the blueprint for good results in South Texas, and it sets Republicans up for even increased good results in November,” the NRCC touted. “This is the 1st of quite a few Democrat-held seats that will flip Republican in 2022.”


Flores and her Republican allies shelled out around $1 million to operate Tv advertisements in the exclusive election, vastly outspending Sanchez. Countrywide Democratic groups did shell out some revenue at the past minute to assistance out Sanchez with ads getting aim at Flores. But generally, they stayed on the sidelines, arguing that it was not really worth spending funds to shield a seat that would be up once more in November.

That’s when Democratic Rep. Vincente Gonzalez, who signifies a neighboring district, will operate in a recently drawn 34th District, which Democrats say is more favorable to their party.

“MAGA Republican Mayra Flores should not get too at ease — she’ll scarcely have more than enough time to set up her desk in advance of South Texans deliver her packing once more. It is all eyes on November now as we equipment up to mail Vicente Gonzalez back to Congress this tumble,” Democratic Congressional Marketing campaign Committee chair Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney argued.

And DCCC spokesperson Monica Robinson stated that “the only point the NRCC proved previous night is that they can barely get their MAGA Republican candidates across the complete line when they outspend the Democrat 20 to 1 and if only 7% of the voters turns out to vote. This seat is a rental for Republicans and we appear forward to welcoming Vicente Gonzalez again to Congress this tumble.”

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But Flores disagrees.

“We received simply because of Cameron County, and we arrived truly close in Hidalgo County. And these counties continue being in my district. So, this plan that it’s heading to be less complicated for the Democrats in November, it’s fully mistaken,” she emphasised.

And looking ahead to her November matchup with Gonzalez, she warned “this is going to be the hardest race he’s at any time run in his life.”

Fox Information Matthew Wall contributed to this tale