Democrat Vicente Gonzalez has defeated Republican incumbent Mayra Flores in Texas’ 34th district. Flores, who had become quite popular on the right after winning a special election in June, had an uphill battle after the maps were redrawn.
Earlier this year, redistricting reshaped Flores’ district to include a much larger chunk of San Antonio, which is a blue city. This made it easier for her opponents to garner enough support to unseat her.
Mayra Flores concedes the election for District 34. @TPRNews
“We are pending thousands of votes but it doesn’t look our way” pic.twitter.com/sPe6tX4prt
— Carolina Cuellar Colmenares (@Wzrd_of_Lnlynss) November 9, 2022
“In Flores’ special election race, the congresswoman ran under previous district lines where Biden won by +4 percentage points in 2020, however under new district lines, the +16 Biden district is far more friendly to Democrats than before,” according to Fox News.
Similar to Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX), who also won his race, Gonzalez is considered to be more of a moderate and has parted ways with his party when it comes to issues like energy production and border security.