Republican Mayra Flores prevailed Tuesday for an open congressional seat in South Texas, defeating Dan Sanchez (D) in the special election for Texas’s 34th Congressional District, a traditional Democratic stronghold.
Flores, who had 51% of the vote to Democratic candidate Dan Sanchez’ 43% when The Associated Press called the race, will become the first Mexican-born congresswoman to serve in the House. Her family moved to the United States when she was 6 years old.
To add to Flores’ historic victory, Billionaire Elon Musk expressed his support of her, claiming he flipped Republican for the first time for this vote.
“I voted for Mayra Flores – first time I ever voted Republican. Massive red wave in 2022,” Musk tweeted.
Flores tweeted the next morning about her victory and earning Musks support:
I woke up this morning still feeling surreal from everything that’s happened over the last 24 hours. Earning Elon Musk’s vote was just the icing on the cake and I can’t wait to work with his team! The American Dream is worth fighting for @elonmusk#SaveAmerica #TX34
The Republican fills the seat held by Democratic Rep. Filemon Vela, the previous vice chair of the Democratic National Committee, who resigned in late March to take a job with the law and lobbying firm Akin Gump.
Her win will likely further boost Republican optimism about the party’s prospects in southern Texas and along the border. The GOP has been looking to make gains in these areas since former President Trump performed well there in 2020.
Nick Adams articulated how impactful this victory was for the republican party:
“BREAKING: The first Mexican-born member of Congress will be Mayra Flores (R-TX), who won by 7% tonight in a district Joe Biden won by 4% in 2020. She is a LEGAL immigrant, an America First Patriot, and a great supporter of President Trump! Liberals must be losing their minds!” Adams tweeted.
“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 after her victory was announced.
“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,” she said.
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