No More Blue Wave for Texas

For Pete’s sake all this talk about a blue wave and Rep Pete just upset Dem Pete in a Texas Senate special election. Hard to predict, but try, which way will the midterms go?

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Democrats are upset that Republican Pete Flores beat Democrat Pete Gallego in the special runoff election for Senate District 19, according to Texas Tribune. This was thought to be a “Democratic friendly” Texas Senate district where Hillary Clinton carried by 12 in the 2016 election. Flores beat Gallego by 6 percentage points.

“All this talk about a ‘blue wave’? Well, the tide is out,” Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick exclaimed at Flores’ election night party.

This win made Flores the “first Hispanic Republican in the Texas Senate and grew the GOP majority there to 21 members,” according to the Texas Tribune.

Democrats blamed the loss on Gov. Greg Abbott for scheduling the election at a time when they claim turnout was “expected to be low” and would favor his Republican party. Hinojosa, Democratic party chairman, said Abbott “stole an election, plain and simple.”

Flores’ campaign believes the win was based not on low voter turnout, but from a variety of factors including proving himself to his own party.

“We knew that if we could get in the runoff, we’d have additional help because the stakes would be clear … and the value of winning would be obvious,” Matt Mackowiak, Flores’ consultant told the Texas Tribune.

In the campaign, Flores ran ads on TV and radio but Gallego never put ads on TV. The ads from each party differed from each other. Flores used the attacking approach, seeking to link Gallego to Nancy Pelosi, while Gallego used the slogan “I trust Pete,” to garner support.

State Sen. Paul Bettencourt, who chairs the caucus said, “The Republican caucus never had 21 members until today, so that’s a two-thirds majority. That’s huge on passing legislation like property tax reform.”

Opposed to what Democrats said about low voter turnout, according to the secretary of state’s office, the race saw the largest percentage increase in turnout from a special election to a special election runoff in four years.

The race was close, but Flores took the win. Read more about this story on the Texas Tribune here.


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For Pete’s sake all this talk about a blue wave and Rep Pete just upset Dem Pete in a Texas Senate special election. Hard to predict, but try, which way will the midterms go?

Totals
12% Blue
88% Red
Males
15% Blue
85% Red
Females
5% Blue
95% Red

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