Mayra Flores wins special election to turn Texas House seat Republican

A south Texas congressional district will be represented by a Republican for the first time following a special election on Tuesday

The election of Mayra Flores, who bested her Democrat competitor in a 51%-43% vote,

comes as Republicans continue to make inroads among Latino voters in south Texas.

Flores, reportedly the first Latina Republican to serve Texas in Congress,

is expected to face a more challenging race in November, however.

Her victory was to replace Democrat Filemon Vela,who retired before his term ended – meaning she was elected to serve out the remainder.

During November’s general election, voters will determine who will serve as the district’s permanent congressional representative starting in 2022.

Flores, who is running for this seat in the general election, will face off against Democratic nominee Vicente Gonzalez.

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