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Last night Republicans flipped a long-held Democratic House seat in Texas’ 34th district in a special election to replace Filemon Vela, who announced his retirement earlier this year.

Maya Flores, who was endorsed by Greg Abbott and other top Republicans, won the seat by an 8 point margin, just squeaking past the 50% mark to win the race outright. Vela had won this district by 14 points in 2020.

The kicker is that this is a heavily hispanic district and Republicans just took it:

According to Fox News:

Flores will finish out the remainder of Vela’s term, which expires in January, and Republicans were eager to win the seat and gain new ground in the Lone Star state to represent the district that spans east of San Antonio with parts along the coast to Brownsville. As currently drawn, the 34th Congressional District will essentially be dissolved later this year after a newly redrawn map favoring current 15th Congressional District Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, the Democratic nominee for November’s general election to represent the 34th District, was constructed.

The last thing I’ll note is that Elon Musk admitted on his Twitter that he voted for Flores in his first ever Republican vote:

Red wave indeed…