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Texas Senate Republican Caucus Unanimously Endorses Pete Flores For Texas Senate

August 13, 2018

AUSTIN – Following the first place finish of Republican Pete Flores in Texas Senate District 19’s special election, Texas Republicans are poised to ride a wave of enthusiasm and win a district previously represented by Senator Carlos Uresti (D-San Antonio) who resigned after multiple felony convictions. Pete Flores shocked the political establishment by winning eight counties and receiving 48% of the vote on Election Day in this open special election. This endorsement from the Texas Senate Republican Caucus joins with Senators Cornyn and Cruz, as well as Governor Abbott, Lt. Governor Patrick, and many others. Governor Abbott narrowly won the district in 2014.

“Pete Flores is a plain-spoken, common sense conservative who will serve the people of Senate District 19 with integrity,” said Senator Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels). “I am proud to endorse Pete, along with the entire Senate Republican Caucus, for election to the Texas Senate.”

Despite being outspent by over a twelve to one margin since January 1st, Republicans unified behind Pete Flores and he carried that momentum to the polls. In addition to elected officials, multiple advocacy groups have thrown their support to Pete Flores as well, including the Associated Republicans of Texas, Texas Right to Life, Texas Alliance for Life, Texans for Lawsuit Reform, Texas Homeschool Coalition, the National Rifle Association, Empower Texans and many others. Republicans across Texas are unified in their support of seeing Pete Flores elected to the Texas Senate.

“I am honored to have earned the support of the Senate Republican Caucus,” said Pete Flores. “I am committed to working with Lt. Governor Dan Patrick and my future colleagues to pass property tax reform, defend the unborn, advance school choice, and protect the second amendment in the next legislative session. We have an excellent opportunity to win this State Senate seat and I am grateful for the support of Caucus Chairman Bettencourt and all of the Republican Senators in my campaign.”

This endorsement by the Texas Senate Republican Caucus is believed to be the first endorsement ever by the Texas Senate Republican Caucus in an open special election and was decided on by a unanimous vote of the Senate Republican Caucus. A Flores victory would give Texas Republicans a total of twenty-one seats in the Texas Senate and would enhance Republicans ability to pass meaningful legislation such as property tax reform in the upcoming 86th Legislative Session.

“Pete Flores in the Texas Senate would mean that Texans have another reliable vote on property tax reform legislation,” said Texas Senate Republican Caucus Chairman Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston). “This is the first ever endorsement in an open special election by the Texas Senate Republican Caucus and reaffirms our commitment to expand the Republican majority in the Texas Senate to twenty one members and to pass conservative solutions to Texas’ challenges.”

A runoff will be held on September 18. The winner will serve through 2020, the remainder of the unexpired term.

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Tremendous victory tonight for Pete Flores who will become the 21st member of the Texas Senate Republican Caucus! This gives the Republicans in the Texas Senate a 2/3rds supermajority.

This victory shows the unified support from Texas Republicans all the way from US Senators Cruz and Cornyn, to Governor Abbott, to Lt. Governor Patrick, all 20 Texas Senate Republican Caucus members and many others. Despite what some pundits might say Republicans can win in 2018!

Texas Senate Republican Caucus Chair Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) added: "With no straight ticket voting in 2020 I predict that Pete Flores can hold this seat in 2020."

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