The Republican Who Flipped South Texas


A marketing campaign signal for U.S. Representative for District 34 Mayra Flores in Brownsville, Texas, March 1.


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After profitable Tuesday’s particular election in Texas,

Mayra Flores

will quickly develop into America’s first Mexican-born Congresswoman—and by the best way, she’s a Republican who’s married to a Border Patrol agent. What a fantastic American story, plus one other piece of proof that Democrats gained’t win the long run on demographics alone.

The thirty fourth district is in South Texas, the Rio Grande Valley, the place the GOP has made many inroads. Some information reviews say this swath of the Lone Star State hasn’t been represented within the House by a Republican since 1870. Democratic Rep.

Filemon Vela

held the seat for years, profitable in 2020 by 14 factors, earlier than resigning to affix a lobbying agency.

Ms. Flores will serve out the remainder of his time period, and it doesn’t sound like she gained by triangulating to the middle. “Washington liberals are killing the American dream, attacking oil-and-gas jobs and causing prices to skyrocket,” she says in her adverts. “We must secure our borders and keep our families safe.” She describes herself as pro-life and guarantees to defend spiritual liberty. As of the most recent outcomes, she gained outright with 51% of the vote in a four-way race.

Today’s Democratic Party is more and more out of step with many Hispanic voters. Progressives need no restrictions on abortion. They see oil-and-gas jobs as a risk to the local weather. And they characterize religious-liberty arguments as bigotry in disguise. The extra that President Biden defers to the left-most components of his social gathering, the higher the chance for Republicans to make substantive positive aspects.

Perhaps Ms. Flores’s victory will trigger just a few extra Democratic South Texans to rethink the GOP. A observe of warning is that particular elections aren’t all the time harbingers. The present tally says about 30,000 voters turned out Tuesday, in contrast with greater than 200,000 in 2020. Ms. Flores could have her work minimize out for her to maintain her seat in November. That election will happen underneath a revised map that makes the district extra Democratic.

Ms. Flores will face incumbent Rep.

Vicente Gonzalez,

who at the moment holds the neighboring fifteenth district. She might want to work arduous these subsequent 5 months to show herself. But no matter occurs, her win Tuesday already proves that GOP can compete for her constituents.

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Appeared within the June 16, 2022, print version.