Republican Mayra Flores has won the special election in Texas’ 34th district, which was held by the Democrats for nearly four decades straight.
Texas’ 34th opened up when Filemon Vela Jr. resigned from her post. Now, Flores will fill the district’s seat for the remainder of the current term and run for re-election in November in a quick turnaround.
In November, the Flores campaign will be facing a much tougher challenge in the district, which has been redrawn for 2022. However, Cook Political editor Dave Wasserman still rates the race only “Lean Democrat” due to Flores’ strong showing in the 84% Hispanic district.
While that race will be an uphill battle, Flores has a pretty powerful and wealthy man supporting her: Elon Musk.
Musk said he voted for Flores, the first Republican he has ever backed in an election.
Musk made his remark on Monday while speaking at a Miami tech conference, where the billionaire discussed his views on Twitter — after placing his deal to buy the platform “on hold” — and free speech, according to a report by Business Insider.
“The reality is that Twitter at this point, you know, has a very far left bias,” Musk said. “I would classify myself as a moderate, neither Republican nor Democrat.”
“I have voted overwhelmingly for Democrats, historically — I’m not sure, I might never have voted for a Republican, just to be clear,” the SpaceX CEO continued. “Now this election I will.”
Musk did not specify whether he was referring to November’s midterm elections or the 2024 presidential election.