With 100 percent of precincts reporting in all 17 counties, Republican Pete Flores, Pleasanton, has defeated former Rep. and U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego, Democrat, Alpine, 53 percent to 47 percent for a margin of 2,665 votes according to Texas Elections Source.
Flores, a retired colonel game warden who resides in Pleasanton will serve the remainder of former Sen. Carlos Uresti’s (Democrat – San Antonio) unexpired term which runs through 2020. Uresti resigned in June after being found guilty of 11 felonies.
“This district has not been Republican since Reconstruction. And in September of 2018, it’s Republican once again,” Flores told supporters in his victory speech after winning the Texas Senate District 19 seat. “The work starts tomorrow. I owe this first to God and then to the grassroots in all of our counties in Senate District 19,” said Flores. Flores is also the first Texas senator from Atascosa County and the first known peace officer elected to this position.
Flores was endorsed by U.S. Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, Governor Greg Abbott, and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and other Republicans. He was also endorsed by the Texas Right to Life, NRA, Gun Owners of America as well as the Texas Senate Republican Caucus.
Early voting turnout for Tuesday’s special runoff election exceeded the total number of people who voted for the eight candidates in the July 31 special election. Atascosa County turnout was seven percent higher than the July 31 special election.