There has been a lot of talk about Democrats flipping seats all across the country and taking control of the House. But, in Texas, a retired game warden has done the unthinkable. Pete Flores defeated former state and U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego in the runoff election for the Senate District 19 seat in San Antonio. The most amazing part of that is the seat has belonged to Democrats for the past 139 years. That adds to the Republican’s super majority in the state legislature. Are we heading for a blue wave or a red tsunami? It depends if Republican voters get up off their collective butts and head for the polls oin November 6th.
In a major upset Tuesday night, voters elected a conservative political newcomer to the Texas Senate, flipping a Democratic district red for the first time in 139 years.
Retired game warden Pete Flores defeated former state and U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego in the runoff election for the Senate District 19 seat in San Antonio, further increasing the Republicans’ supermajority in the chamber ahead of the November elections. Flores will replace Democrat state Sen. Carlos Uresti, who was forced to step down in June after being sentenced to 12 years in prison on federal fraud and money laundering charges.
“We conservatives are conservative in the way we make approaches. The gun fight’s not over until the last shot’s fired,” Flores told the Express-News after Gallego conceded in a phone call just before 9 p.m. “The last shot’s been fired.”
This is truly an historic win. No Republican has held that seat since Reconstruction. Hillary won the district by 12 points in 2016 over Donald Trump. This was not a purple district, but a deep blue one. Let’s hope for many more of these in less than two months.