RED WAVE: Republican Flips Texas Senate Seat For First Time in 139 Years

Thursday, September 20, 2018
By Paul Martin

Chris Menahan
Sep. 20, 2018

Republicans just won a Texas state Senate seat held by Democrats for 139 years straight in a district Hillary Clinton won by 12 percentage points in 2016.

The win means Republicans in Texas have likely secured a supermajority until at least 2021.

From My San Antonio:
Voters elected political newcomer Pete Flores to the Texas Senate on Tuesday, flipping a Democratic district red for the first time in 139 years and bolstering Republicans’ supermajority in the chamber ahead of the November elections.

A retired game warden, Flores defeated former state and U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego for the Senate District 19 seat after receiving backing from some of the state’s most prominent politicians, including Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, and U.S. Sens John Cornyn and Ted Cruz.

[…]According the Secretary of State’s website, Flores won with 53 percent of the vote to Gallego’s 47 percent with 44,487 ballots cast.

Flores and Gallego competed in Tuesday’s runoff after emerging from an eight-candidate field in first- and second-place, respectively, in July’s special election to replace former Sen. Carlos Uresti. The longtime lawmaker vacated his seat in June after being convicted of 11 felony charges.

In his victory speech, Flores reflected about the historic significance of his win and the job ahead.

“This district has not been Republican since Reconstruction. And in September of 2018, it’s Republican once again,” Flores told supporters. “The work starts tomorrow.”

[…]The last Republican to hold the seat was Andrew Phelps McCormick. According to the Legislative Library of Texas, he left office in 1879.
The Free Beacon has more:
It was predicted that Gallego, who represented large swaths of the 19th Senate District in both Congress and the state House of Representatives, would sweep to victory in the runoff given the Democrat’s voter registration advantage. The former congressman confirmed as much during an interview with San Antonio Express-News in August.

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