In a special election runoff last year, Democrats lost their hold on the Texas Senate District 19 seat under similar conditions.
Republican Pete Flores credits his successful flip of Senate District 19 to a campaign based on “core values we all have.”
Republican Pete Flores secured 53 percent of the vote while opponent Pete Gallego had 47 percent.
Flores and Gallego were the top vote-getters in a July 31 special election called by Gov. Greg Abbott to replace former State Sen. Carlos Uresti.
Abbott has scheduled a Sept. 18 special election runoff for SD 19, lawyers revealed Monday as they argued over one candidate’s eligibility.
The state Republic Party claims that Pete Gallego lives in Austin, not in Senate District 19, which includes parts of San Antonio and West Texas.
Republican Pete Flores and former Democratic U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego emerged out of a field of eight candidates Tuesday night to land in a runoff for the SD 19.
Complicating the dynamic between Gallego and Gutierrez is a growing Republican effort to unify behind a single candidate.
Gov. Greg Abbott called a July 31 special election to replace Carlos Uresti, who resigned in June after he was convicted on felony charges.
Democrat Pete Gallego will make a formal announcement about running for the State Senate District 19 seat in the coming weeks.