Mayra Flores Will Win Special Election

Texas congressional candidate Mayra Flores is seen at the Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington on May 17, 2022.

Republican Mayra Flores will win the special election for Texas' 34th Congressional District, CNN projects, giving Republicans an additional seat in the House.

Flores will best a field of four candidates two Republicans and two Democrats in the all-party contest to succeed former Democratic Rep.

Filemon Vela, who vacated his South Texas seat in March to join a law and lobbying firm in Washington. Flores will serve out the remainder of Vela's term, until January.

This win is for the people who were ignored for so long! This is a message that the establishment will no longer be tolerated! We have officially started the red wave!

The Flores campaign wrote on Facebook Tuesday night. Her top Democratic opponent, Dan Sanchez, conceded the race the same night.

Flores will be the first Mexican-born woman elected to Congress. She benefited from a significant investment by national Republicans,

and relative indifference from Democrats, who were outspent by an estimated 20 to 1.

Republicans zeroed in on the race as part of an effort to project growing strength with moderate and conservative Hispanic voters in South Texas.

The National Republican Congressional Committee on Wednesday called Flores' win a blue print for success in South Texas, according to a memo obtained by CNN.

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