Conservatives celebrated Tuesday night after Republican Mayra Flores flipped a U.S. House seat in deep blue south Texas, in a region that has not been represented by a Republican in well over 100 years.
Flores, who beat Democrat Dan Sanchez in the special election for Texas’ 34th Congressional District, is now “the first GOP candidate to represent that area of the Rio Grande Valley since 1870,” the Houston Chronicle reported, and she is now “the first congresswoman born in Mexico.”
Flores responded to her victory with a statement saying that her “historic win will bring back God to the halls of Congress!”
“This win is for the people who were ignored for so long!” she continued. “This is a message that the establishment will no longer be tolerated!