Democratic candidates across the country have arguably never been as hamstrung as they are right now, under President Joe Biden’s administration, as far as their ability to compete with GOP opponents in the upcoming November midterms.
While a number of Democrats have simply bowed out of reelection or announced their retirement given the almost impossible hurdle in front of them, the party hasn’t given up hope for at least one high-profile seat in Texas that the party simply cannot lose, the Washington Examiner reports.
Texas’s 34th Congressional District is where the action’s at, and next Tuesday voters will submit their ballots in a special election to determine who wins the empty seat of former Rep. Filemon Vela (D-TX), who retired earlier this year.
The Examiner noted that Dems are “pouring money” into the election to ensure the seat stays blue.
It’ll be a 2 vs. 2 next week, with two Dems and two GOP candidates facing off.
As are the rules in most special elections, a candidate will need to secure at least 50% of the vote to seal the deal. If that doesn’t happen, the top two candidates will advance to a final runoff.
Maya Flores, the Republican candidate, is heavily favored by the polls, and Democratic groups have run a barrage of attack ads against her, even linking her with the Jan. 6 Capitol riots.
Some of the ads, which are run in Spanish, say Flores represents “violence, terror, and conspiracy theories.”
Notably, the 34th District in Texas is located in the Rio Grande Valley, where the immigration issue is wildly out of control and where local residents are sick and tired of their towns’ resources being drained — not to mention upticks in crime.
But even as GOP candidates have gained increased favor with Latino voters, the seat has always been blue since its creation in 2010, and the district is heavily Democratic, making Flores — on paper — the underdog in November even if she is able to secure a primary win.
“The winner of the special election to replace Vela will only serve until January, and another contest will run in November under redrawn lines,” the Examiner noted.
Only time will tell who gets the win, but clearly, Democrats are exceedingly nervous about this one.