GOP Newcomer Flips 139-Year Democrat Seat in Texas, 53-47


Texas voters flipped a Democrat district red for the first time in 139 years with the election of political newcomer Pete Flores to the Texas Senate.

Flores, a retired game warden, defeated former state and U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego for the Senate District 19 seat after receiving key endorsements from political figures such as Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Sen. Ted Cruz, according to My San Antonio.

Flores recognized his historic win in his victory speech.

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

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Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick also shared his joy after the win.

“Tonight, you all just made history,” Patrick told Republican voters. “For the first time in history, we have 21 Republican senators. For the first time in history, we have a Hispanic Republican senator.”

The left’s confidence in a “blue wave” of Democrat victories might be shaken by Flores’ historic win, especially with Texas being a key part of the Democrats’ midterm hopes.

The U.S. Senate race in Texas between Republican incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz and Democrat Beto O’Rourke is important for the success of the blue wave, according to Axios, which also named Texas’ 23rd Congressional District race as a key blue wave battleground.

Is the red wave coming instead?

Unfortunately for Democrats, the historic win for Republicans in District 19 shows that the Texas GOP may be more energized than they hope. Obviously, turnout of Republicans and other Trump voters in November will be essential if the president’s supporters hope to prevent a blue wave from becoming reality.

Even Christian Archer, the campaign strategist for Gallego, said he was shocked by the results, and added that they couldn’t generate as much excitement as the Republicans.

Regardless, liberals remain insistent that a blue wave is coming in November — and some Republicans, including The Western Journal’s commentator Dick Morris, have been expressing concern.

“The Democrat edge has clearly grown in the past two weeks and now is at about the level it was in 2006 when the Democrats took away both houses of Congress,” he wrote earlier this month. “The question is: What should we do about it?”

CNN political commentator Chris Cillizza said last week that “all signs point to a blue wave,” and even the GOP’s internal polling, recently leaked, shows trouble in November for House Republicans — which in turn could spell trouble for President Donald’s Trump’s agenda, at least until the 2020 election.

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Of course, time will tell if a blue wave is really coming, but one thing is clear: The only hope Trump supporters have of furthering the president’s agenda for the next two years lies in getting out to the polls in November and voting against Democrat candidates for the House.

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Malachi Bailey is a writer from Ohio with a background in history, education and philosophy. He has led multiple conservative groups and is dedicated to the principles of free speech, privacy and peace.
Malachi Bailey is a writer from Ohio with a passion for free speech, privacy and peace. He graduated from the College of Wooster with a B.A. in History. While at Wooster, he served as the Treasurer for the Wooster Conservatives and the Vice President for the Young Americans for Liberty.
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