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For the first time in 139 years, a Republican will represent Texas’ District 19.

This happened after Pete Flores defeated his Democrat challenger in a special election.

Blue wave in 2018, Democrats say?

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What blue wave?

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.

“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.”

Hillary Clinton won Distrcit 19 by 12 points.

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.

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


Rush Limbaugh has some thoughts on the blue wave, per Fox News Insider:

“They’re not basing it on people’s desire for Democrat policies. Now, isn’t that kind of flimsy? They think they live in a world where everybody now hates Trump It’s what they tell themselves. They live in a world where everybody now realizes the mistake they made voting for Trump,” Limbaugh said.


“People who haven’t been working in 20 years finding jobs — after the Democrats and their president specifically said the jobs weren’t coming back,” Limbaugh said. “We’re coming off eight years where the existing president, the administration was painting a bleak picture of America in decline: ‘Best days behind us, some jobs just are not coming back, it’s just the new way of the world.'”


“When you run on, ‘I want to be a socialist, I want to abolish ICE, I want to have open borders,’ tell me where you’re going to get one independent vote with that,” Kilmeade said.

Flores’ win could be a great sign of things to come for Republicans in November.

Or, it could be way too small a sample size to make any judgments just yet.

We’ll know for certain soon enough.


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