Rising Republican star Mayra Flores beat out Democratic challenger Dan Sanchez on Tuesday in a special election to finish Democratic Rep. Filemon Vela’s current term in South Texas, a competitive congressional seat the GOP believes it can flip for good in November.
With all precincts reporting, Flores was above the 50% mark necessary to avoid a runoff.
All precincts reporting in #TX34 special election:
Flores (R) 50.98%
Sanchez (D) 43.33
— Patrick Svitek (@PatrickSvitek) June 15, 2022
The 34th Congressional District race was seen as a gauge of Republicans’ growing popularity in traditionally Democratic South Texas. House Republicans in 2020 did far better than expected with Latino voters there than in previous cycles.