Latina Republican Mayra Flores Flips Southern Texas House Seat in Region That Hasn’t Gone GOP in 100 Years
“The Democrat Party has been in control here in South Texas for over 100 years and feel entitled to our vote. They feel they don’t have to do anything to earn our vote.”
Texas Republican Mayra Flores has become an overnight sensation after flipping Texas district 34 red after 100+ years of Democrat monopoly.
She has an amazing story, too.
Flores was born in Mexico and came to America legally with her father as a child. She is now married to a border patrol agent and is part of a new generation of conservative Latinos who are making a name for themselves in Republican politics.
Paul Steinhauser of FOX News has more on her stunning victory:
Republican who flipped blue House seat in Texas says her victory sends ‘strong message’ to Democrats
Republican Rep.-elect Mayra Flores says Democrats should take her victory in a special congressional election in Texas as a warning sign to stop taking Hispanic voters for granted.
Flores, who won a contest Tuesday for an open seat House seat along the nation’s southern border in the Rio Grande Valley, made history as the first Mexican-born congresswoman. And she’s the first Republican to win in the heavily Hispanic district since it was created a decade ago.
“The Democrat Party has been in control here in South Texas for over 100 years and feel entitled to our vote. They feel they don’t have to do anything to earn our vote. And we sent a strong message to Washington, and we sent a strong message to Democrat Party that you have to get to work. If not, you’re going to get voted out,” Flores warned in an interview with Fox News the morning after her victory.
The district, which stretches from areas east of San Antonio down to the southern border, was once a Democratic stronghold. Then-President Obama carried it by 22 points a decade ago, but President Biden’s winning margin was just 4.2 points in 2020.
Asked why the district’s two counties that border Mexico — Cameron and Hidalgo counties — swung heavily towards her, Flores answered “because I’m one of them and I’m also standing up for our values. God, family, our community. That’s who we are in South Texas. We’re all about hard work.”
Since this was a special election, Flores is going to have to run for it again in November. Democrats are seething and can’t wait to try to get rid of her:
“MAGA Republican Mayra Flores shouldn’t get too comfortable — she’ll barely have enough time to set up her desk before South Texans send her packing again. It’s all eyes on November now as we gear up to send Vicente Gonzalez back to Congress this fall,” Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chair Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney argued.
And DCCC spokesperson Monica Robinson said that “the only thing the NRCC proved last night is that they can barely get their MAGA Republican candidates across the finish line when they outspend the Democrat 20 to 1 and if only 7% of the electorate turns out to vote. This seat is a rental for Republicans and we look forward to welcoming Vicente Gonzalez back to Congress this fall.”
Democrats suddenly aren’t interested in historic candidates.
IF Republican Mayra Flores wins the #TX34 district in tonight’s special, would be the first time GOP flipped a majority-Hispanic Dem seat in the Rio Grande Valley in over 100 years.
— Josh Kraushaar (@HotlineJosh) June 15, 2022
Mayra Flores wins in a district that has not elected a Republican more than a 100 years. pic.twitter.com/pgMbcL66sk
— Dave Harley (@dcalrider) June 15, 2022
Flores represents everything progressives detest.
This historic win will bring back God to the halls of Congress! This win is for the people who were ignored for so long! This is a message that the establishment will no longer be tolerated! We have officially started the red wave!! #TX34
God, Family, Country pic.twitter.com/pNn8UYoPor
— Mayra Flores For Congress 🇺🇸🦅 (@MayraFlores2022) June 15, 2022
Elon Musk voted for her.
I voted for Mayra Flores – first time I ever voted Republican.
Massive red wave in 2022.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 15, 2022
The GOP will need to work hard to make sure Flores holds on to this seat in November.
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