September 18, 2018

‘Blue Wave’ Update: Texas State Senate Seat Flips to GOP For First Time 139 Years

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 11:15 pm

It was “only” a race for a state senate seat, so I guess the press will say it doesn’t mean anything.

Horse manure:

Flores defeats Gallego in Senate District 19

Voters elected political newcomer Pete Flores to the Texas Senate on Tuesday, flipping a Democratic district red for the first time in 139 years and further bolstering Republicans’ supermajority in the chamber ahead of the November elections.

… “This district has not been Republican since Reconstruction. And in September of 2018, it’s Republican once again,” Flores told supporters. “The work starts tomorrow.”

Flores’ win marked an incredible upset in a district that political observers said shouldn’t have been competitive for Republicans. Low turnout in special elections and high-level GOP interests in preserving a Senate supermajority helped push Flores across the line, they said.

Democrats should have been just as interested preventing that supermajority — and didn’t. Flores won by six points. That’s pretty amazing, because in the August 2 election which caused Tuesday’s runoff between Flores and Gallego, Democrat candidates took 59 percent of the vote, while Republicans took only 40 percent. Tuesday’s result was a 25-point swing (from -19 to +6).

For some reason (we know what it is), the linked article provide no vote-count specifics. I had to go to another website to find the out about Flores’s 53-47 victory margin.

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