WIN: Mayra Flores flips South Texas deep blue seat
Republican candidate Mayra Flores made history after flipping a historically deep blue seat in South Texas Tuesday night.
Flores triumphed to victory in South Texas' 34th congressional district race, beating out Democrat opponent Dan Sanchez with nearly 51 percent of the vote, the Texas Tribune reported.
"This historic win will bring back God to the halls of Congress!" Flores wrote on Twitter. "This win is for the people who were ignored for so long! This is a message that the establishment will no longer be tolerated! We have officially started the red wave!! #TX34"
The outlet further reported that Flores declared victory after 9:30 p.m. Tuesday night, making her the first Mexican-born congresswoman to take office and the first Republican to represent the district since 1870.
"For over 100 years, we have been taken for granted," Flores told her supporters at her election night party in San Benito. "I will show you what real representation looks like. I will represent all people."
Flores will serve the district until January, filling the vacant seat left by Democrat Rep. Filemin Vela, as per the Washington Times.
However, Flores will have a chance at a full term in November as she goes head-to-head with Democrat opponent Rep. Vicente Gonzales Jr.
Among the many supporters who headed to the polls to cast their ballot in support of Flores, Tesla CEO and potential Twitter owner Elon Musk eagerly announced he voted for Flores, signifying the first time he voted for a Republican candidate.
"I voted for Mayra Flores – first time I ever voted Republican," Musk tweeted. "Massive red wave in 2022."