Republicans Turn Democratic Senate Seat In Incredible Upset
Pete Flores, a Texas Republican, has unseated Democrats in a Senate race that’s been Democratically controlled for nearly 140 years.
Democrats hoping that a “blue wave” was headed for the Lone Star state had their hopes soured yesterday after Flores shocked the state.
Flores, a former leader of the state Parks and Wildlife Department’s law enforcement division Democrat Pete Gallego in a result that no one saw coming.
“I owe this first to God and then to the grassroots in all of our counties in Senate District 19,” Flores said after his opponent conceded the race, the Texas Tribune reported. “Primarily this is an example of what happens when you have a united front and a grassroots effort. So now it’s time to go to work.”
Following Democratic state Sen. Carlos Uresti’s resignation, Gallego and Flores faced off in the runoff election. It was expected that the Senate seat would remain Democratic given the history.
The Republican win ensures that Texas’s Senate will remain under Republican control.
“Pete’s strong law enforcement background will be invaluable to the Legislature as we work to combat human trafficking and provide greater protections for our peace officers,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said in a statement. “I look forward to working alongside him next session to build a brighter future for all Texans.”
Flores, a Hispanic Republican, was immediately the source of jubilation among Conservatives.
— GOP (@GOP) September 19, 2018
HISTORIC WIN: @PeteFlores_TX crushed the “blue wave” and will be the first Republican ever to represent Texas Senate District 19! Congratulations to Pro-Life Peter Flores! #TXLege #RedWave pic.twitter.com/HnoQ1INb2E
— Texas Right to Life (@TXRightToLife) September 19, 2018
When @GOP and @TexasGOP worked together last night, they proved why we will #DefyHistory as @PeteFlores_TX became the first Hispanic Republican ever elected to the #Texas Senate for #District19. https://t.co/hZXO4DrHH5
— RNC Latinos (@RNCLatinos) September 19, 2018
The enormous upset will definitely have implications for November’s Primaries. The San Antonio Express-News said of Flores’ win, it was “an incredible upset in a district that political observers said shouldn’t have been competitive for Republicans.”
Author: Jim Satney
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