Mayra Flores, a Republican from Texas’ 34th Congressional District, is expected to win a special electoral vote. This will flip the House seat held by Rep. Filemon Vela, who resigned in March.
Flores was 51% more popular than Dan Sanchez, the Democratic candidate. It was called the race by The Associated Press. Flores is the first Mexican-born congresswoman to be elected to the House. Her family moved to America when she was just six years old.
Vela’s term will be completed by Flores. Vela’s term ends in January. In January, Vela’s term expires. The new map, which favors Vicente Gonzalez (Democratic nominee to represent the 34th District in November’s general election), was drawn.
Flores expressed gratitude to God for the opportunity of serving the people of Texas’ 34th Congressional District. Flores stated she was thankful for the support of her family during the campaign. She stated she looked forward to continuing to serve our community with the conservative values of freedom, family, faith, and freedom in the months to come.
The main two contenders for a seat on Capitol Hill in a short-term term were Sanchez (a former Cameron County Commissioner) and Flores, a Republican who outspent Sanchez and gained momentum in a race to fill the seat that had been vacant for more than two months.
Pro-life Democrat Sanchez ran for the election, but Flores outspent him. He didn’t receive much support at a nationwide level. However, it was revealed that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee paid thousands of dollars to Sanchez for an ad partnership.
Sanchez declared that he is Catholic at a May 31 forum held on Facebook by Futuro RVG. He stated that he supports life “across all boundaries”. Although Flores was endorsed by Vela, Gonzalez, and other people, he hopes to gain support from moderate voters from the heavily Hispanic areas.
Flores is a South Texas College grad in 2019. He won the March four-way GOP primary and was endorsed in part by Gov. Gonzalez. Greg Abbott will face him in a general election in the newly redrawn 34th Congressional District.
Juana Cantu Cabrera, another Republican candidate, was also in Tuesday’s special election race. Flores won the GOP primary in March, and she received only 7% of her votes.
Vela resigned in March to accept a job at Akin Gump. Akin Gump, a well-known lobbying and law firm, is Akin Gump. The special election was open for early voting starting May 31.