In Texas, one democrat state seat stronghold has been flipped.
Republican John Lujan has won the special election runoff for Texas House District 118, flipping the Democrat-friendly seat in San Antonio. The victory by Lujan gives Republicans an early win in their drive to make new inroads in South Texas.
With all vote centers reporting Tuesday night, Lujan was leading Democrat Frank Ramirez 51.2% to 48.8%, according to unofficial results. Lujan briefly held the seat in 2016, while Ramirez is a former staffer for the San Antonio City Council and at the Texas Legislature.
“I’m a blessed man to win this for the second time, and to be the only Republican ever to win this seat, I think, is really important for us down here,” Lujan told The Texas Tribune as he left his election night party. He called his victory part of a “big movement … for conservatism” in the Hispanic community.