District 19 State Senate

Flores defeats Gallego in State Senate Special Election


Republican Pete Flores has defeated Democrat Pete Gallego in Tuesday's Special Election to fill the State Senate District 19 formerly held by convicted felon Carlos Uresti.

With 339 of 339 Precincts reporting - or 100% - Flores has 53% (23,576) of the vote compared to to 47% (20,911) for Gallego.

Flores won Pecos County 62.30% (552) to Gallegos' 37.69% (334). A total of 886 were cast in the county.

It is the first the district has had a Republican Senator in 139 years. The win adds to the party's supermajority in the state senate ahead of the November election.

Flores, a retired game warden, was backed by Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, and U.S. Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz.

“We conservatives are conservative in the way we make approaches. The gun fight’s not over until the last shot’s fired,” Flores told the San Antonio Express-News after Gallego conceded in a phone call just before 9 p.m. “The last shot’s been fired.”