With Elon Musk in your corner, how can you lose? Republican Mayra Flores has declared victory in the special election for Texas’ 34th Congressional District after the Associated Press called the race, flipping the seat red after a nearly 10-year run by U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela, who vacated the seat in March when he resigned.
Flores, the first Mexican-born lawmaker to serve in the House, beat out Democratic candidate Dan Sanchez 51-43. She will finish out the remainder of Vela’s term, which expires in January, but her district will fall victim to redistricting in November.
“As currently drawn, the 34th Congressional District will essentially be dissolved later this year after a newly redrawn map favoring current 15th Congressional District Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, the Democratic nominee for November’s general election to represent the 34th District, was constructed,” Fox News reported.
But that didn’t hamper the celebration of a key win for the Republican Party.
“First and foremost I thank God for the blessing of the opportunity to serve the people of Texas’ 34th Congressional District,” Flores told Fox News Digital in a statement. “I am also grateful to my family for their unwavering love and support throughout this campaign, and to the voters of South Texas for entrusting me to represent them in Washington. I look forward to standing strong for our conservative values of faith, family, and freedom and to earning the opportunity to serve our community further in the months to come.”
Flores took to Twitter to announce that the expected midterm red wave has “officially started.”
“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!!” she tweeted.
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
Musk also sees a “massive red wave” coming, as the Tesla CEO announced in a tweet that his first-ever Republican vote went to Flores. Interestingly, in a separate tweet, he seemed to show support for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in 2024, saying the Republican governor “has a better chance of winning.”
I voted for Mayra Flores – first time I ever voted Republican.
Massive red wave in 2022.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 15, 2022
Other key results from the June 14 primaries, as highlighted by Twitter:
- Russell Fry beat Tom Rice to win the US House Republican Primary for South Carolina’s 7th Congressional District, according to AP, CNN and ABC News projections
- Nancy Mace is projected to win the US House Republican primary for South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District, beating her Trump-backed opponent Katie Arrington, according to AP, NBC and CBS
- Trump-backed candidate Joe Lombardo is projected to win the Republican nomination for governor in Nevada’s primary election, according to AP, NBC and CNN
But the big win of the evening went to Flores, with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announcing in a tweet that the state “just got more red.” Here is that response and a few others:
BIG BREAKING NEWS
Republican @MayraFlores2022 just beat a Democrat to win an open seat for Congress in an historically Democrat district in South Texas.
Congress just got more Republican.
Texas just got more red.
The future is looking bright red in Texas.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) June 15, 2022
Texas 34, an 84% Hispanic congressional district that hasn’t elected a Republican in over 100 years, just elected @MayraFlores2022. The district swung from Democrats +14 in 2020 to Republicans +7 in 2022 a 21 point swing. November may be the biggest red wave of all time. pic.twitter.com/6azLnKiYrx
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) June 15, 2022
— Rita Panahi (@RitaPanahi) June 15, 2022
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