Myra Flores wins special election for Texas House seat won by Republicans

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