Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Texas Senate: Republican Flips Seat that has not been Republican since Reconstruction

Via Billy

Pete Flores raises his hands in victory at Don Pedro restaurant as Lt. Governor Dan Patrick and Republican Party Chairman James Dickey celebrate during the Senate District 19 special election in San Antonio on September 18, 2018. State Senator Donna Campbell is in the front. Photo: Tom Reel, Staff / Staff Photographer / 2017 SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS

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.

“We conservatives are conservative in the way we make approaches. The gunfight’s not over until the last shot’s fired,” Flores told the Express-News after Gallego conceded in a phone call just before 9 p.m. “The last shot’s been fired.”

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  1. the voters in Texas have done themselves proud.

  2. I wonder how much difference the Texas Voter ID law made. I saw it was just upheld in court.


    1. Yes a good question and point. I hadn't though of that. Thanks.