Republican Pete Flores, center, stands with his daughter Vicky, left, and state sen. Donna Campbell, right, as he speaks, supported after Sept Democrat Pete Gallego defeated in a runoff election on Tuesday. 19, 2018.
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A Republican candidate won a shocking victory on Tuesday in Texas, to capture a state Senate seat that was held by the Democrats for the 139 years — and hissing from the Democrats”, the “blue wave” aspirations reflect the Lone Star State.
Pete Flores, a former head of the state Parks and Wildlife Department’s law-enforcement division, winning the reliably blue district against Democrat Pete Gallego.
“I owe to this God first and then to the base in all of our districts, Senate district 19,” Flores after his opponent conceded the race, the Texas Tribune reported. “First and foremost, this is an example of what happens when you have a United front and a grass-roots effort. So, now it’s time to go to work.”
“I owe this to God first and then to the base in all of our districts, Senate, district 19. First and foremost, this is an example of what happens when you have a United front and a grass-roots effort. So, now it’s time to go to work.”
– Pete Flores
The runoff election was held after the resignation of democratic state sen. Carlos Uresti, the help was sentenced to, an oilfield-service company he co-owned, you run a Ponzi scheme.
The Republican victory, the party strengthens the control over the condition of the upper chamber, the controller 21 of the status of the 31 seats in the Senate.
“Pete’s strong law enforcement background will be invaluable to the legislator officers as we can to combat human trafficking and provide greater protection for our peace,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said in a statement. “I look forward to working with him to create the next session, a better future for all Texans.”
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich pointed to Flores’ victory than to stop a blueprint for the Republicans, the so-called “blue wave” – the upcoming election of the droves of Democrats that some have predicted.
“Flores, a political newcomer competition against an experienced former Democratic Congressman, won in a district that’s 73 percent of the Hispanic, African-American, despite almost all of the political analysts’ expectations,” Gingrich wrote in a column for Fox News, noting that Flores ran “a great election campaign.”
“The Republicans everywhere should also in this study, the Texas state special election and the 2018 midterm elections, a wide array of options for all American voters. And with only 48 days until 6. November, you need to act now,” he added.
“Flores, a political newcomer competition against an experienced former Democratic Congressman, won in a district that’s 73 percent of the Hispanic, African-American, despite almost all of the political analysts’ expectations.”
– Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich
Democrats have on Texas as the place where the party was elections, a significant increase in the upcoming midterm. Among the top objectives for Republicans, Sen. Ted Cruz, challenged by Rep. Beto O’rourke.
According to recent surveys, O’rourke following Cruz’s 9 points.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Lukas Mikelionis is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @Lukas mikelionis.