Republican congressional candidate Mayra Flores has taken the lead in polling for the upcoming special election in Texas, according to internal party polling.
Politico reports that Flores has a real shot of taking former Democratic Rep. Filemon Vela’s South Texas seat in next month’s election, as she currently holds a five-point lead over her Democratic opponent Dan Sanchez.
The poll, which was conducted April 19-21 by Ragnar Research for Flores and the National Republican Congressional Committee, had Flores with 24 percent and Sanchez at 19 percent. However, 41 percent of voters still remain undecided.
The survey, which involved 400 likely voters and a margin of error of 4.9 percent, also had a Republican beating a generic Democrat by three points, by 45 to 42 percent.
The special election is taking place after Filemon Vela’s announced his intention back in March to leave Congress and work at the law firm Akin Gump, known as one of the largest lobbying firms in the U.S.
A victory for Flores and the GOP would represent a major setback for the Democrat’s hopes of holding on to their already razor-thin congressional majority. “Republicans have a real chance to win this district for the first time ever and flip a Democrat-held seat,” pollster Chris Perkins wrote in a memo obtained by Politico.
In a recent interview with Breitbart, Flores explained how she is fighting hard to win over the state’s Hispanic community who she believes has consistently been let down by the Democratic representatives.
“We are waking them up, and we’ve been doing this for many, many years, prior to 2020,” Flores said. “We need to be out there investing in this community. We need to be knocking on doors, doing events, and just educating the Hispanic community on [our] platform. If we do that, they will vote Republican. They are already Republicans. They just don’t know it.”
Ben Kew is English Editor of El American. He studied politics and modern languages at the University of Bristol where he developed a passion for the Americas and anti-communist movements. He previously worked as a national security correspondent for Breitbart News. He has also written for The Spectator, Spiked, PanAm Post, and The Independent
Ben Kew es editor en inglés de El American. Estudió política y lenguas modernas en la Universidad de Bristol, donde desarrolló una pasión por las Américas y los movimientos anticomunistas. Anteriormente trabajó como corresponsal de seguridad nacional para Breitbart News. También ha escrito para The Spectator, Spiked, PanAm Post y The Independent.