Republicans Continue to Grow in Blue Territory Flipping Texas Senate District 19 for The First Time in 139 Years

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Republicans Continue to Grow in Blue Territory Flipping Texas Senate District 19 for The First Time in 139 Years

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 19, 2018) – The over-hyped, Democrat-media driven narrative of a “blue wave” storm got down-graded to a mist last night when Republican Pete Flores flipped a state Senate seat in Texas SD 19 for the first time in 139 years, becoming the first Hispanic Republican elected to the Texas state Senate, defeating former two term U.S. Representative Pete Gallego. Republicans have won more special elections than Democrats in 2018, with a total of 38, including the flipping of a seat in Pennsylvania’s 48th House District by Republican candidate Tim O’Neal, the first time since its creation in the late 1960’s that a Republican won the district.  Pennsylvania’s 48th District is located within Conor Lamb’s Congressional district, and O’Neal’s victory occurred just weeks after Lamb’s.

“The Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) sincerely congratulates Pete Flores on his decisive victory last night, against the historical trends of Texas Senate District 19,” said Matt Walter, President of the Republican State Leadership Committee.  “The RSLC has spent over $20 million to help elect over 100 new diverse candidates and over 500 new women since 2011, and victories like we saw last night in Texas continue to grow our party,” Walter added.

“The Republican Lieutenant Governor’s Association (RLGA) also sends its steadfast congratulations to Lt. Governor Dan Patrick who invested $175,000 to help Senator-elect Flores and grow the supermajority in the Texas State Senate,” Walter stated.  “While Barack Obama and Eric Holder run around the country litigating and complaining about election losses for Democrats, Republicans know that winning at the ballot box keeps democracy closest to the people, instead of the Obama-Holder method of rigging our system for Democrats when they can’t win,” Walter concluded.

According to the office of Texas Secretary of State Rolando Pablos, of all special elections that have gone to runoffs in Texas in the past four years, SD19 saw the largest increase in turnout from special to special runoff election. Texas Senate District 19 is over 69% Hispanic and supported Hillary Clinton (53.83%) over Donald Trump (42.27%) in 2016, and Barack Obama (54.65%) over Mitt Romney (44.19%) in 2012.

About the RSLC

The Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) is the largest caucus of Republican state leaders in the country and the only national organization whose mission is to elect Republicans to multiple down-ballot, state-level offices. Since 2002, the RSLC has been working to elect candidates to the offices of lieutenant governor, secretary of state, state legislator, the judiciary and other down-ticket races. After Election Night 2017, state-level Republicans maintain 67 of 99 legislative chamber majorities in red, purple and blue states, hold 31 lieutenant governor seats, and control 30 secretaries of state offices. To learn more about the RSLC, please visit or follow @RSLC on Twitter.

About the RLGA

The Republican Lieutenant Governors Association (RLGA), a caucus of the RSLC, is the only national organization committed to raising money and assisting Republicans in their campaigns for lieutenant governor. Across the nation, Republican lieutenant governors perform critical tasks overseeing small business recruitment, heading economic development, administering fair elections, maintaining homeland security and leading disaster recovery. Republicans currently hold 31 of the 45 lieutenant governor offices nationwide, including 14 of the 19 independently elected positions and 17 of the 25 team-elected/appointed seats.

About FMP

The Republican State Leadership Committee’s (RSLC) Future Majority Project (FMP) seeks to identify, recruit, train and support candidates who better reflect the full diversity of our nation. Launched in 2011, FMP supports men and women from diverse communities as they run to grow the economy, support job creators and focus on ways to keep more money in the pockets of working families. In 2015-2016, FMP invested $7 million – in partnership with the RSLC’s Right Women, Right Now (RWRN) – to identify and recruit 174 new, diverse candidates in 36 states. Through these efforts, FMP and RWRN saw 22 new candidates of diverse ethnicity elected, as well as 165 new women.