Republican Mayra Flores flips Texas House district: ‘We have officially started the red wave!’

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.

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.”

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:

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