GOP Win Says More About Filemon Vela than a South Texas ‘Red Wave’

The race was a predictably low-turnout affair with just 7 percent of eligible voters casting a ballot.

But the real test of South Texas GOP strength will come in November, when Flores faces Congressman Vicente Gonzalez in the general election race for a newly redrawn 34th district. Her odds are far lower then. The district, as currently drawn, went for Biden by four points in 2020, but come November, candidates will be competing on a redrawn map that would have gone for Biden by 15 points. Gonzalez opted to switch seats after Republicans targeted his current seat, centered in neighboring Hidalgo County, in redistricting. The GOP is favored to win that seat in November.

 

Source: GOP Win Says More About Filemon Vela than a South Texas ‘Red Wave’